Ashanti Gold President Kwaku Frimpong and his son Emmanuel, CEO, face match-fixing charges
A player who scored two own goals to prevent what he believed to be a pre-agreed game in Ghana’s top division was charged by the country’s football association with match-fixing and disrepute.
Hashmin Musah found his own network twice when his side lost 7-0 to Ashanti Gold between the Allies, with the substitute later telling reporters that he had done so with the intention of thwarting what he suspected was a pre-arranged 5-1.
He is one of 18 players and six officials in both clubs who have been charged with a wide range of criminal offenses.
All were accused of match-fixing.
“I heard at our hotel that my club, Inter Allies, was bet on a correct score of 5-1,” said Musah. said Ghanaian media after the game in Obuasi.
“I decided to spoil this bet because I will not stand bets. After the game, my technical team praised me for spoiling the bet they made.”
Musah, who had to present his defense by Friday, could be banned from football on the charges made against him.
He is one of three Inter Allies players to be prosecuted, with 15 of three-time Ghanaian champions Ashanti Gold facing similar disciplinary cases.
The head coach, team manager and a club official from Inter Allies were also charged, as were the president and chief executive officer of Ashanti Gold.
The Ghanaian Football Association (GFA) will rule the cases after requesting statements of defense, all of which are expected to be received by Monday 27 September.
“We didn’t do anything bad because we always beat people 4-0, 5-0 or 5-4,” Ashanti Gold president Kwaku Frimpong told BBC Sport Africa.
“We beat the five of them and their defender [Musah] scored two himself. I think they have to blame the guy who hit himself for it’s unprecedented.
“So why do we have to blame Ashanti Gold? This is jealousy and they just want to destroy my name. I haven’t spoken to any president or club. We haven’t done anything.”
In 2018, an investigative documentary by undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw revealed Anas match-fixing of Top officials and referees in Ghana.
Now the problem has come back to the fore.
“Our football has been attacked by faceless cowards,” GFA chief Okraku said last month. “It is my responsibility and that of the Executive Board to defend the nation’s passion.
“Anyone who played a role [in match-fixing relating to betting] will face it. ”