‘It’s false!’ – GFA denies spending $800,000 on Brazil, Nicaragua friendlies

In a September matchup with the aforementioned teams, the Black Stars fell to the South Americans 3-0 before bouncing back to defeat the Europeans by a razor-thin 1-0 margin.

The team’s costs were not brought up until earlier on Tuesday, when 80 members of the Majority Caucus in Parliament demanded the dismissal of Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta.

Following the calls, sports journalist Collins Atta Poku said that he had spoken with three parliamentarians, who had confirmed to him that the Finance Minister had given the GFA over $800,000 to pay expenses for the friendly against Brazil and Nicaragua.

“I got in touch with three Majority MPs who told me they were shocked to learn the Finance Minister paid the Ghana Football Association just last week, despite all the difficulties we face, approximately $800,000. The cash paid for their participation in the games in Brazil and Nicaragua, the journalist tweeted.

Kurt Okraku, the head of the FA, responded by calling the claim untrue and advising the public to ignore it.

“I just left court to learn that the Ghana FA received USD 800,000 from the Ministry of Finance to fund two exhibition matches against Brazil and Nicaragua. Do the math! That is untrue. Please disregard, Mr. Okraku tweeted.

Meanwhile, in a separate statement, GFA described the report as a calculated attempt to smear its name, insisting its lawyers have taken notice of the allegations.

“The tweet from Collins Atta Poku (@PapaPoku) about the distribution of $800,000 to the Ghana Football Association for our recent international friendlies versus Brazil and Nicaragua has caught the notice of our lawyers.

“The story is FALSE and was deliberately spread to incite the people against the Ghana Football Association, tarnish our reputation, and discredit the Association.

“We would like to say unequivocally that the Bank of Ghana has not transferred any money to the account of the Ghana Football Association in connection with our friendlies against Brazil and Nicaragua. We want the people to ignore that pointless reporting, the GFA statement continued.

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