Wife of embattled former GFA boss Mrs Christine-Marie Nyantakyi has revealed that her husband tried to stop the showing of the part of Number12 that he appeared in by paying $100,000 as was demanded of him by a purported representative of Anas.
It would be recalled that the former CAF Vice President had accused Anas Aremeyaw Anas of blackmailing him to pay an amount of $100,000 so that the section of Number12 that he was captured in would not be shown. An allegation that Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his company have denied.
Speaking for the first time since the “spectacular” fall of her husband, Mrs Nyantakyi revealed that her husband in a desperate attempt to save his reputation paid $100,000 after some people had approached them to pay $150,000 in other for them to stop the showing of the video, and that didn’t work because her husband could only raise $100,000.
“Apparently, we became so desperate when we realized that all that they presented to us were false, so we tried to make some interventions, and they proposed that he pays some money. They proposed $150,000; my husband couldn’t afford it, so he gave out $100,000 dollars, and they came back to him and said the person says you need to add $50,000, and he said well, I don’t have it; that’s all I have.” She revealed.
Asked what happened to the $100,000, she said it was later returned to them in two installments after the video was shown.
“They brought $40,000 first; and then later on, they brought $60,000 dollars.” Mrs Nyantakyi said.
In a documentary named Number12 premiered on the 7th of June this year, Mr. Nyantakyi was captured on videos negotiating a deal with under cover agents disguised as prospective investors and accepting an amount of $65,000 in cash from them. Mr Nyantakyi has challenged the amount reported in the video.
A petition was sent to FIFA by makers of the documentary, Tiger Eye PI led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas to FIFA on the conduct of Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi in the video.
The former Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi was handed an initial 90-day ban by Fifa Ethics Committee, which was later extended by a 45-day period during which time investigations were going on.
After the investigations, the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA found Nyantakyi “guilty of having violated art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) and art. 22 (Commission) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition.” Thereby banning him from all football related activities for life and also finned him 500,000 Swizz Franc.
Mr Nyantakyi has expressed shock at the decision and has directed his lawyers to appeal the ban at the Court of Arbitration for sports, CAS.