Ghana Premier league side AshGold has allegedly been engaged in some match fixing.
In their final game against Inter Allies who are so far relegated to division one, AshGold won 7-0.
After the match some two own goals Inter Allies scored has come under scrutiny with people mostly on social media suggesting it could be evidence of match fixing.
The craziest own goals ever in the history of football.— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) July 19, 2021
Ashgold 7 vs 0 Inter Allies. Ghana Premier League smh. pic.twitter.com/bM2LSc7fC9
Traces of others games have surfaced in the midst of all these brouhaha in games involving Inter Allies too.
This is Inter Allies vs Aduana Stars— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) July 19, 2021
One of the 3 goals scored after the 90th minute. Aduana goalie throw ball to Allies striker. Striker took ball and walks in an 18 yard box full of unconcerned Aduana defenders. Allies scores and Aduana Stars player appears to celebrate. GPL pic.twitter.com/hZK02Cafze
Sport journalist Saddick Adams later revealed that in a game between AshGold and King Faisal a betting company traced a winner of the correct score line and the person was close to top AshGold management member.
When Ashgold played King Faisal in that 5-1 thriller, a Betting Company sent me a report of the match being fixed. At least 3 numbers each staked 10,000 cedis on correct score 2 hours before the game. Numbers were traced and they were persons closer to Ashgold.— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) July 19, 2021
At a time Ghanaians are advocating for the love to be brought back, it’s disturbing how things are unfolding in what can be described as an interesting league season in a long while.
The Ghana football association has opened up an investigation involving the game between AshGold and Inter Allies via a release.
The release is as follows;
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) wishes to inform all its members and the public that the Association has opened investigations into the Ghana Premier League Match-day 34 game played between Ashanti Gold SC and Inter Allies FC at the Len Clay stadium at Obuasi on Saturday, July 17, 2021. The GFA has resolved that:
1. The Compliance & Integrity Officer and the GFA Prosecutors will lead the “sporting” investigations by the GFA, and
2. The Association will further lodge a complaint on the match with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana wing of Interpol for the criminal investigation of the game.
The Association will immediately require statements from the two clubs and the players and the technical team members of the two clubs.
The GFA further urges any member of the public, the media, players, technical team members to also send any evidence or information whatsoever connected to the match (a statement, video, audio etc) to assist the investigations through the GFA integrity Hotline and email.
GFA INTEGRITY HOTLINE
As provided for in the GFA Statutes and emphasised during all the training the GFA gave to clubs and match officials before the start of the league, one of the core objectives of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) is the commitment to promote the integrity of football in Ghana.
The GFA is committed to investigate all reports of match manipulation(s) and bring the culprits before the Ethics Committee of the Association. The GFA is also committed to report to and assist the Ghana Police Service all such cases of match manipulations which violates the criminal laws of Ghana for prosecution.
AshGold has also reacted by releasing a statement on the matter.
Ashgold say they played "competitively and scored five great goals".— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) July 19, 2021
Great in this context is also true 😆 🤣 😂 https://t.co/CYlBSCMVle
A couple of years ago when Juventus of Italy was caught in a scandal of match fixing, they were ultimately demoted to a lower division with fines in the Italian league.
Ghanaians wait to see what will come out of this.