The president of Obuasi AshantiGold SC, Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, has been handed a 10-year ban from all football-related activities following his involvement in match-fixing and manipulation.
According to the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association, the embattled president played a role in said match-fixing in last season’s Ghana Premier League match-day 34 fixture against Inter Allies in July 2021.
He has also been fined an amount worth GHC 100,000 for helping to put the integrity of the game into disrepute.
The decision was announced by the Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association [GFA] on Monday, May 16, 2022, after an investigation was launched into the matter.
The prosecution also handed Emmanuel Frimpong who doubles as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Obuasi-based club and son of Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, an eight-year ban from all football-related activities and a fine of GHC 50,000.
The current head coach of the club, Thomas Duah alongside team Manager, Aidoo Gee Ahmed also faces a two-year ban from all football-related activities.
On the other hand, eight players who played in the said match and founded guilty were also handed a two-year ban each.
They include; Stephen Owusu Banahene, Ampem Dacosta, Frank Akoto and Isaac Opoku Agyemang, Amos Kofi Nkrumah, Eric Esso, Moses Kwame, and Solomon Afriyie.
Again, Samed Mohammed and Seth Osei were also given two and a half years.
The club’s Sporting Director, Nana Kwesi Darling, and some four players Emmanuel Owusu, Mohammed Bailou, Amos Addai, and Paul Asare De Vries have each been slapped with four-year bans.
Subsequently, the DC demoted Ashantigold to Division Two League with the decision set to take effect from the 2022/23 Ghanaian league season.