By Zjan Shirinian

Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi (left), has denied agreeing to allow the national team to play in matches that others were planning to fix ©AFP/Getty ImagesThe President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has denied claims he gave the go-ahead for the national team to play in matches others were planning to fix.

Police detectives have been called in by the GFS to examine the claims made after a joint investigation by The Daily Telegraph and Channel 4 programme Dispatches in Great Britain.

It alleged a Ghanaian club official and a FIFA agent said they could arrange the rigging of matches involving the national team.

None of the claims involved matches at the ongoing World Cup in Brazil, which Ghana is competing in.

"The entirely not accurate," GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi said in a statement on its website. 

"There is a representation of half-truths and half-lies.

"It's not true that we have agreed with match fixers or people who intend to organise matches of convenience between the Black Stars and any opponent in the future.

"The claim now been made is that, they got me to agree to offer them the right to organise matches and determine or the outcome of this matches.

"I have still not received the response of the [GFA] Legal Committee which was supposed to be forwarded to the Executive Committee for consideration and possibly approval or decline.

"There is really no cause for alarm as far as I am concerned because nothing untoward has happened involving me or the Federation and all the noise been made is of no consequence."

The claims were made after a joint investigation by The Daily Telegraph and Dispatches ©The Daily TelegraphThe claims were made after a joint investigation by The Daily Telegraph and Dispatches
©The Daily Telegraph

The GFA has reported the claims to FIFA and the Confederation of African Football, as well as the Ghana Police Service, asking it to investigate two men - Christopher Anton Forsythe and Obed Nketiah - over match-fixing claims.

"They [the two men] never told me that they were interested in fixing any game of the Black Stars, added President Nyantakyi.

"They presented a business proposal that sought to buy the rights.

"Never did I think that they had a premeditated plan to sell matches of the Black Stars which are gradually evolving from the reports that we are hearing.

"I told them I had not even read the contract.

"If I had agreed, I would have signed the contract.

"I did not agree and that is why the contract was unsigned and remains unsigned up till today."

Ghana, playing in Group G of the FIFA World Cup, lost their opening game 2-1 at the hands of the United States, with a 2-2 draw against Germany.

They play Portugal in Brasilia on Thursday (June 26), with advancement to the knockout round hanging by a thread.

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