Probe GFA-Zylofon Deal —CVM urges

CONCERNED Voters Movement (CVM) has called on the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to impress upon the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of Ghana Police Service and all relevant investigative bodies to probe into the recent contract between the Ghana Football Association and Zylofon Cash as sponsors of the Ghana Premier League (GPL).

A statement signed and issued yesterday by the Founder and President of CVM, Mr Razak Kojo Opoku, said the investigation has become necessary to clear all the mystery surrounding sponsorship package.

The statement, which was copied to Today, noted a curious attempt by the Chief Executive of Zylofon Cash, Nana Appiah Mensah, to publicly oppose and even ridicule government’s steps to dissolve the GFA.

And though the statement applauded Zylofon Cash for sponsoring GPL, it said it was alarmed and suspicious of the public response of Nana Appiah Mensah after Tiger Eye PI exposé.

“Is Nana Appiah Mensah saying that he still stands by Mr Kwesi Nyantaki as a partner even when the government and people of Ghana as well as world football fraternity have all realised the former GFA president must be investigated?

“Is it not strange that Zylofon refused to give GHC32,000 to support a charity programme organised by one of the company’s signings, Joyce Blessing, which created public embarrassment for the musician, but same company had absolutely no problem doling out millions of dollars to sponsor the GPL for free with no strings attached?” the statement queried.

It further questioned why Nana Appiah Mensah and Kwesi Nyantakyi both visited the Jubilee House after signing the deal?

According to the statement, on whose side has Nana Appiah Mensah decided to lean during these times of investigations into the GFA.

“In the Anas Video, a supposed sponsor of the league was offered some special favours as long as he could part with some inducement. What special favours did Nana Appaih Mensah benefit from the sponsorship package?” the statement asked.

It further asked if there was a third party who brokered the deal between Zylofon Cash and the GFA but the person was shoved aside and left out of the equation when the first bit of the sponsorship money arrived?

“Why is Zylofon Cash not able to respond to media reports that the company was in talks with Sani Darah to employ him to work for Nana Appiah Mensah just after the sponsorship was signed and announced?” it asked.

It averred that “Now that the courts have placed an interim injunction on GFA activities, would Nana Appiah Mensah continue to tweet against the government of Ghana?”

According to the statement, Mr Nyantakyi in the Anas video was seen allegedly receiving a bribe to illegally secure a US $15 million sponsorship deal for GPL, acting simultaneously as FA boss and the representative of a ‘ghost’ company that would serve as an agent.

This, the statement noted, would have seen Mr Nyantakyi pocketing about 20 per cent of the sponsorship sum, contrary to FIFA and GFA’s regulations.

CVM, according to the statement, would not relent on  its effort  to get to the bottom of these issues as it would be embarking on monthly regional seminars and talk shows to unravel whatever mystery may exist between Nana Appiah Mensah and Mr Kwesi Nyantakyi.

 

Story: Kwamena ANANSE

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