Ibrahim Saanie Daara, former Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has intimated that a failed attempt to destroy his image through the ‘Number 12’ investigative piece by Anas Aremeyaw Anas has turned out to be a stepping stone to greater heights, ABC News can report.
The ‘Number 12’ documentary by Anas, in collaboration with British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), saw over 70 referees and football administrators allegedly caught taking bribes on tape including then GFA President Kwesi Nyantekyi and members of his governing body.
Saanie Daara, who was seen in the video rejecting money to influence player selection, was accused by the investigative Journalist of later taking the money.
Saanie Daara has since denied the allegations and sued Anas and his Tiger Eye PI Company seeking GHC2 million for causing him reputational damages.
According to the former football administrator, even though he hasn’t followed the case closely, he is relieved that the attempt to paint him black didn’t work.
“I think that there was a calculated attempt to put me in a certain light; anybody with any conscience of humanity will look at that thing [the Anas documentary] and you see that it was a calculated thing to get at me. That failed woefully. I’m still going strong but I’ve not been following it. I’m happy with the way the case has progressed nonetheless,” he said on Citi TV.
Rather than the alleged calculated damage, Saanie Daara stated that the documentary has turned out as a blessing for him.
”I have continued to thrive. In fact, that has turned out to be a blessing for me, because, for the first time, a Ghanaian was put in charge of media operations for the AFCON 2019 opening game and finals; between May and June of 2019, I traveled to 47 countries working, so it’s been good,” he said.
For the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) which happened between June 21, 2019, and July 19, 2019, Mr. Saanie Daara lead media activities at the expanded tournament after being named the CAF Media Officer for the opening match between Egypt and Zimbabwe.
He was also appointed CAF Media Officer for the final match between Algeria and Senegal played at the Cairo International Stadium.