Match fixing scandal: AshGold president exchanged 43 text messages with Inter Allies official

Dr. Kwaku Frimpong .jpeg Dr Kwaku Frimpong

Mon, 16 May 2022 Source: ghanasoccernet.com

AshantiGold president Dr Kwaku Frimpong exchanged 43 text messages with an Inter Allies official in a match-fixing scandal that has tainted the Ghanaian local top-flight.

The Ghana FA prosecutor reveals the damning revelation against the herbal doctor in an explosive ruling announced on Monday.

In a decision which has gone viral, the AshantiGold boss is found to be complicit in fixing his side's league match against Inter Allies on the final day of the season last campaign.

In a blow-by-blow account, the prosecutor revealed the number of messages and transactions that took place between the club president and Inter Allies official Nii Amoah.

"The prosecution revealed that before the match was played and between 12th of July 2021 and 19th July 2021, Dr Kwaku Frimpong called Nii Amoah on two occasions," part of a ruling read

"Within the same period, Nii Amoah also contacted Dr Kwaku Frimpong 6 times whilst Nii Amoah contacted Emmanuel Frimpong 9 times. The prosecution showed that on 12th July 2021, around 4:57pm Dr Kwaku Frimpong called Emmanuel Nii Amoah and expressed his interest in the match in question.

"During the discussions, Dr Kwaku Frimpong offered Emmanuel Nii Amoah an amount of GHc10,000 to manipulate the match to achieve a correct score of 5-1 to advance his betting objective. Dr Kwaku Frimpong then indicated that he will instruct someone (who was later found out to be Emmanuel Frimpong, the CEO of Ashantigold SC) to send the money.

"There is strong evidence of match fixing between Dr Kwaku Frimpong and Nii Amoah Gogo, defacto official of Inter Allies FC."

Inter Allies defender Hashim Musah climbed off the bench to score two deliberate own goals in an attempt to foil an alleged match-fixing plot - and insisted his team congratulated him for spoiling the 'pre-agreed' scoreline during a league match against AshantiGold last year.

Musah came on the pitch for Eleven Is To One with the score at 5-0 and scored two own goals in the final 12 minutes before being subbed off as the match ended 7-0 on the final day of the season on July 11.

The defender confessed to the media that he intentionally score the own goal - which went viral on social media in a move to ruin what he believed was a pre-arranged result for betting reasons.

The match between AshantiGold and Inter Allies, which produced a cricket score of 7-0 in favour of the Miners, is being investigated by authorities over match-fixing allegations.

Hashim scored the six and seven goals against his own club and admitted that he scored those goals to destroy the planned bet on a specific outcome of the last game of the season with his club already relegated.

"I heard it in our hotel that a bet had been made for a correct scoreline of 5-1 against my club Inter Allies. I promised my coach that if he allows me to play from the bench, I will spoil the bet. And after the game, my team congratulated me" Musah told Kumasi FM.

“I decided to spoil that bet because I don’t condone betting." the centre back stressed.

His justification drew mixed reactions. While receiving praise for not condoning match-fixing, he has been criticized by others for deliberately putting the ball in his own net, leading to Ghana football being ridiculed on the global stage.

Officials and players of both teams have been took their turns in assisting the police to investigate the shameful conduct with authorities relying heavily on the claims of the defender.

AshantiGold finished the season 9th hence are still a Ghana Premier League club, meanwhile, Inter Allies have been relegated.

In 2007, Nania FC, Okwahu United, Great Mariners FC and Tudu Mighty Jets were demoted to the fourth division after they were found guilty of match-fixing.

Nania and Mariners were level on points in their group and needed to win their final matches to qualify for the country's top league.

Abedi Pele's Nania FC beat Okwawu United 31-0 while Great Mariners triumphed 28-0 over Mighty Jets in league games played earlier this year.

However, upon successful appeals, the four clubs maintained their second-tier status but severed one season bans.

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Source: ghanasoccernet.com
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