Undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas has admitted he could have done more in his recent investigative work on corruption in football in Ghana if he knew issues regarding the sport “can really rock the conscience of this nation.”
While #Number12, which was premiered on June 6, revealed former GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi allegedly scheming to take cuts in supposed deals with investors as well as match officials taking bribes from third parties, some followers of the game were left with the feeling more grounds could have been covered in exposing perceived corruption in the game. The work did not involve club officials who have usually been alleged to fix games.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on Starr 103.5 FM Thursday, Anas conceded he could have taken his sting operation more serious and probed further.
“#Number12 is an African story… We can admit that it’s racked a few nerves in Ghana. Kwesi Nyantakyi is gone as a result of a petition I presented to Fifa but I have a regret.
“I’m not a football person; I’ve never liked football. If there’s any regrets about #Number12, it’s perhaps because I’m not a football enthusiast. If I was, I could have taken this football story more serious.
“I was surprised in the morning of putting out the ads for #Number12, the response… so I asked ‘is football all this important?’
“I had no idea that football can really rock the conscience of this nation like that. But again, it’s a learning experience. Maybe if I knew, I would have done some magic within there, though I think that we have achieved the aim that we were looking for,” he told host Francis Abban on Morning Starr.
#Number12 captured some officials from the National Sports Authority, the Ghana Football Association and referees in different instances of alleged graft.
Watch Anas’ interview below:
One-On-One Exclusive Conversation with Investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, live On the #MorningStarr with @FrancisAbban #StarrFocus #GHOne TV #Dstv361
Posted by GHOne TV on Thursday, June 28, 2018