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Ghana wants Brazil 2014 World Cup funds audit

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Portugal v Ghana Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The government sent $3m in cash by plane to ensure Ghana's final game went ahead

Ghana's government has called for a "forensic audit" of the country's football body over allegations of missing World Cup campaign funds.

It says there is an unexplained $1m (£640,000) hole in the Ghana Football Association's (GFA) finances.

The GFA denies the allegations, saying there was no corruption ahead of the 2014 Brazil World Cup.

The government had to send $3m in cash by plane to players in Brazil to avert a final-game boycott over bonuses.

GFA spokesman Ibrahim Saanie Daara told Joy FM that it was still waiting to receive a copy of the full report, but would cooperate with any future investigations.

The report also calls for an investigation into a $200,000 payment made to GFA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi for a friendly match in the lead-up to the 2014 World Cup.

Mr Nyantakyi has not yet responded to the report.

A government-backed commission of inquiry was set up to examine the failures surrounding Ghana's World Cup campaign, which was seen as a national embarrassment at the time.

The report released by the presidency on Friday sets out the government's response to the inquiry.

The Black Stars failed to win a single game at the 2014 tournament, and two of their key players were sent home for alleged indiscipline.

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