BBC Africa in the second entry for its #BBCAfricaEye documentary series reveals shocking footage of over 100 referees and officials taking cash before matches.
The documentary is a product of undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas‘s secret filming.
The documentary reveals that over 150 payments were made in total and they occurred before Ghanaian Premiere League, the Champions League, and major international competitions.
Anas’ secret filming include materials surrounding the WAFU tournament in 2017. Match official Ebrima Jallo of Gambia was filmed taking $500 from undercover journalists who claimed to be football fans. Jallo seemed to imply that this kind of activity (taking cash “gifts”) is common.
Range Marwa of Kenya was also filmed taking $600 from undercover journalists posing as Ghanaian football officials. Marwa was due to be officiating as an assistant referee in Russia. Marwa, according to FIFA later resigned from officiating at the World Cup.
Jallo and Marwa denied any wrongdoing.
The documentary targeted Kwesi Nyantakyi, the president of Ghanaian Football Association, and he was filmed taking a gift of $65,000 from journalists with the belief that they were meeting to discuss a sponsorship deal.
Nyantakyi did not respond to comments. However, FIFA told the BBC that it is investigating the report.
The wait is over: @anasglobal's two-year long undercover investigation into football in Africa has revealed shocking footage of over 100 referees and officials taking cash before matches. #BBCAfricaEye brings you this exclusive story about his highly controversial investigation. pic.twitter.com/Wf8vrg4v8g
— BBC News Africa (@BBCAfrica) June 7, 2018