The Ghana Football Association (GFA), has assured Ghanaians that the final verdict on the alleged match-fixing and betting scandals involving Premier League outfits, AshantiGold and Inter Allies will soon be made known to the public.
According to the General Secretary of the association, Prosper Harrison Addo, the adjudication body of the FA has gathered a lot on the matter and is at the decision stage.
The infamous match between the aforementioned teams ended 7-0 in favor of the Obuasi-based club at the Len Clay Stadium in July 2021. To worsen matters, Hashmin Musah of Inter Allies came off the bench to score two bizarre own goals.
He thus confessed in an interview that he deliberately scored the goals to spoil a supposed match-fixing scandal regarding the same game following information available to him before and during the match.
Speaking on Wednesday’s edition of ‘Floodlight Sports’ on Angel TV/FM, Prosper Harrison Addo, said though the ruling has been long overdue the awaited results at the end of the season will serve as evidence to Ghanaians how committed the FA is to clamping down alleged match-fixing and betting from the game.
“There are several things been done by the FA’s Prosecutor and the Integrity Officer and other things, so, by the end of the season, you will see results [match-fixing] and there will be results because we have done a lot of jobs. You will see charges and understand that we have performed some job” he told host Saddick Adams.
The Legal practitioner further warned that club officials, referees, and players, among other people who condone match manipulation, should let no one deceive them that there is no law to dealing with their activities.
“All those who have in their mind that there is no law in Ghana to deal with match manipulating and match-fixing, then the person is deceiving himself” Prosper Harrison Addo cautioned.
He added: “Wherever it matters for police to effect an arrest, police will arrest offenders.”
As part of the GFA’s plans to eradicate issues of match-fixing and betting from Ghanaian football, it has announced to hand offenders a one-year ban and a GH₵5,000 fine if found guilty.
Also, informants who provide concrete information on attempts to manipulate matches will be given GH₵50,000 as a reward to help fight the canker.