Ex-GFA big shots demanding over $1m from Black Stars- GNPC deal

Published on: 26 May 2020

Some former big shots of the Ghana Football Association have dragged the association to court and are seeking in excess of over one million dollars as agency fee for their role in brokering the Black Stars- GNPC sponsorship deal almost a decade ago.

Aloysius Denkabe (Former Chairman, Referees Committee), Joseph Yaw Appiah (Former member, Black Queens Management Committee) and Owuahene Acheampong (Former Member, FA Cup Committee and Black Satellites Management Committee) are the men who say their company West Head brokered the deal which saw the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation pump $3m per year to sponsor the senior national team from 2012 to 2015.

West Head was supposed to have been paid 15 per cent of the entire $9m deal for their role in securing the deal but Mr. Ato Ahwoi, who was Board Chairman of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) at the time denied the involvement and role of West Head as brokers of the deal, threatening that his outfit would cancel the deal if the Ghana Football Association (GFA) paraded a private outfit, West Head as brokers of the deal.

When asked whether West Head approached the GNPC to sponsor the senior national team, Mr. Ahwoi quizzed told Ghana News Agency in 2012 “who are they? I have not even heard the name before. We met as an outfit and decided to support the Black Stars as part of our corporate social responsibility.”

“We did not deal with any third party. If they continue to parade any third party, they risk getting nothing from us (GNPC)” he added.

He told GNA Sports “I have already told Kwesi Nyantakyi (Former GFA President) that they risk losing everything if they continue with this claim, which is untrue and he has totally agreed. I will not tolerate that. The next thing you will hear is that I supervised this for a kick-back when indeed our decision to sponsor the team emanated from us and no such third party called West Head”.

Despite Mr. Ato Ahwoi’s claims at the time, the managers of West Head insisted they worked to make the deal happen and thus proceeded to court to seek redress.

The issue has been in court for over 5 years now with no idea when finality would be brought to it.

Kurt Okraku administration inherit huge debt at GFA

The huge potential West Head debt, hanging over the heads of the GFA resurfaced following a financial audit of the Association’s assets and liabilities.

It emerged after the audit that the GFA is indebted to the tune of GH 11 million with some of the debt incurred over a decade ago.

The issue has become an albatross hanging over the heads of the new GFA administration and has been captured in the legacy debt of the GFA which was released a few weeks ago.

Source: The Finder