Four-time Ghana Premier League champions AshantiGold have been demoted to the country’s third-tier after being found guilty of match manipulation in a massive earthquake ruling which will ruffle feathers in the West African nation.
In a massive decision announced on Monday, the miners have been relegated to the country’s Division two after the club was found guilty of match manipulation in their league match against Inter Allies last year.
The Ghana FA has been under immense pressure to deliver judgement on the match fixing suspicion that rocked the Ghana Premier League in July 2021.
The Disciplinary Committee has ruled that AshantiGold will suffer punishment after being found guilty of match-manipulation.
That at the end of the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League season, Ashantigold SC shall be demoted to the Division Two League in accordance with Article 6(3)(h) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019,” part of the ruling read.
“That a fine of GHc100,000.00 is imposed on Ashantigold SC in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) and Article 6(4) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.
Inter Allies defender Hashim Musah has claimed he scored two deliberate own goals in an attempt to foil an alleged match-fixing plot in their match against AshantiGold- and even insisted his team congratulated him for spoiling the ‘pre-agreed’ scoreline.
Musah came on for Inter Allies against Ashanti Gold with the score at 5-0 and scored two own goals in the final 12 minutes before being subbed off as the match finished 7-0 on the final day of the season last season.
The centre-back confessed to Kumasi FM that he did intentionally score the own goals – which have gone viral on social media – in order to ruin what he believed was a pre-arranged result for betting reasons.