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Nyantakyi not a rich man as people think – Wife

Kwesi Nyantakyi was captured in the secret recording stashing $65,000 into a polythene bag

Wife of former Ghana Football Association (GFA) President has stated that he is not as rich as people think.

Christine-Marie Nyantakyi says critics should take time and visit their residence and they will realize that he is not as rich as perceived.

Kwesi Nyantakyi has been banned for life from all football-related activity by the world-governing body of the sport, Fifa, and fined CHF500, 000.

He is said to be awaiting the brief on the ruling in order to consider whether to appeal the sanctions or not.

Speaking on Metro TV’s Good Evening Ghana on Tuesday, Mrs Nyantakyi said the family does not have money t take care of him but God will provide for them.

Christine-Marie is the first wife of Kwesi Nyantakyi

She said her husband has been subsisting on his legal profession of more than 25 years and gained not substantially from football.

“Contrary to what people think, my husband does not have money,” she said.

“There are certain things that if someone has money, you can judge [and these are] your residence, where the person lives [or] the kind of house he lives [in].

“The kind of car he drives.  People should take time and come and see where we live. If my husband has that kind of money, we wouldn’t be living there.”

She admits her husband made mistakes in falling for the supposed scammers but asked Ghanaians to tone down on the backlash against the former FIFA and CAF official.

All this is a fallout from the exposé by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Dubbed ‘Number 12: When Misconduct and Greed Become the Norm’, the exposé led to the dissolution of the GFA for the later-to-be-set-up Normalisation Committee.

Mr Nyantakyi had to resign his positions at the Confederation of African Football (Caf), Federation of International Football Associations (Fifa) and the GFA.

Mrs Nyantakyi confessed that attempts were made to stop the documentary from being screened.

She said though those behind requested $150,000, her husband raised $100,000, which was rejected.

She said he is ready to face the full rigours of the law if found guilty by the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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