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How Muammar Gaddafi reportedly tried to bribe visiting team in 1982

Former Black Stars goalkeeper Joe Carr has narrated how the late Muammar Gadafi tried to give the squad some money before Ghana’s game against Libya in the 1982 Afcon final.

Carr stated that the Sports Minister for Libya promised them $5000 and he was ready to take the money.

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On why the payment did not happen Carr added that Ghana’s president the late JJ Rawlings got a hint of the attempted bribery and sent a letter to the squad warning them.

“Nkrumah’s promises weren’t fulfilled same as Rawlings. Rawlings was the most painful one because before the finals Libya’s sports minister came and promised us $5000 each, if we let them win. They were hosting and Gaddafi wanted to win,” he said on Dan Kweku Yeboah TV as monitored by footballghana.com

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“It seems someone told Rawlings, so he wrote a long letter and Akataporri who was the leader of the delegation came and read it to us”

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We had already celebrated the 6th March and the match was on 7th March. So he read it and all that the letter entailed was that he has heard about the money issues if we don’t win the cup none of us should step foot in Ghana,”

Source: Football Ghana

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