Richard Kingson’s reputation is on the line over bribery claims

By Patrick Akoto

Ghana FA Executive member Winfred Osei Parma says the failure of  Richard Kingson to expose the syndicate that approached him to throw a World Cup match in 2006  could  dent his reputation.

The 34-year-old confessed at a Nigerian Church over the weekend that he rejected a staggering offer of $300,000 (?187,000)  to ensure his country lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in the group stage at the world mundial in Germany.

Many interpretations have been given to the shocking revelation from the former Wigan shot-stopper after he fell short of mentioning the names of the supposed syndicate that mooted the idea.

Despite admitting weighing up the option before deciding against the offer, the Tema Youth chief insists shelving the personalties who plotted the move will tarnish his hard won reputation.

?He knows those who approached him and for that matter he cannot leave the issue hanging,? Parma told Radio XYZ.

?If he has been bold enough to come out that he was approached for such an offer, then the most prudent thing for him to do is to mention names.

?Because the moment you come out and you leave things hanging, everybody becomes a suspect. It could be Osei Parma who approached him with that kind of money.

?So if he has been bold enough to say such an offer was put on his table, I feel that Richard should be able to mention names otherwise everybody stands accuse.?

He continued: ?My sole advice is that there are certain things that you don?t throw out in the media. Over the two week period that we have discussed him in the media, is he enjoying the kind attention being given to him?

?First the wife issue came up and now this bribery allegation. Is he in the right frame of mind? If he is not in the right frame of mind, then I will entreat him to go slow on certain things.

?Otherwise whatever credibility that he has built over the period will be thrown down the drain and I don?t think it will benefit him.?

Goals from Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari saw Ghana beat the Czechs 2-0. They went on to qualify for the knockout phase, in which they were beaten 3-0 by South American powerhouse Brazil.

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