In 2015, he used the same methods to uncover widespread corruption in the judicial system: more than 20 judges and staff were fired.
At the very least, his investigations may have influenced court decisions, or, in the case of “Number 12”, sports scores.
“I do know that if any referee, any club official, wants to take bribe today he will think about it twice before he does that,” said Anas.
– ‘Burned talent’ –
The thick-skinned journalist said he has no qualms about using undercover sting operations to root out corruption in Ghana.
“If you’re a criminal, you’re a criminal,” he said.
“You voluntarily went, you sat, you converse about the crime you were going to commit and you took money for the crime you were going to commit.”
In the past, Anas has gone undercover in orphanages and psychiatric hospitals.
“Shaming those who engage in these practices is the best way and putting them behind bars is an additional benefit,” he said.
Andrew Muchineripi, a South Africa-based football analyst, said the revelations in “Number 12” were not surprising.
The former president of the Confederation of African Football, Issa Hayatou, has been accused of accepting a $1.5 million bribe to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.
In April, the head of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s football association was arrested on suspicion of embezzling $1.0 million.
“It saddens me that many football officials across Africa are not in the game for the love of it but to gain financial reward,” he said.
“I read all too often stories from around the continent about officials being probed over missing funds or non-payments. It’s a curse that hangs over African football.
“The temptation to take money from the kitty, which should be going to those who play the game, seems irresistible for many African officials.”
Anas equally said it was hard to overestimate the damage that corruption may have caused to African football.
“How come that Africa is not doing so well in the World Cup in order to get to the finals? Africa has some of the world’s best players but how come we don’t get there?” he asked.
“Do we know the number of talents that are burned as a result of money being taken and the wrong players being chosen?”
With Anas, perhaps Ghana is closer to getting an answer to those questions.