Don't investigate only Ashgold and Inter Allies for match-fixing - Augustine Ahinful tells GFA

Published on: 18 May 2022

Former Ghana and AshantiGold SC striker Augustine Ahinful has called on the leadership of the Ghana Football Association [GFA] to investigate clubs and officials for match-fixing.

His comments come on the back of the FA’s decision to demote Ashanti Gold SC and Inter Allies FC to Division 2 for their involvement in a match-fixing scandal last season.

In the matchday 34 games at the Obuasi Len Stadium during the 2020/21 campaign, the Miners secured a 7-0 win over Allies with Hashmin Musah scoring two own goals which he later claimed was to scupper a bet placed on the match.

The two clubs have been fined GHC 100,000 each after being found guilty of match manipulation with 34 officials and players from both clubs being handed various fines.

While Ashanti Gold and Inter Allies have been found culpable, Ahinful is confident there are still some entities out there perpetrating wrong and has asked the GFA to go after them.

“This sets an example because I don’t think it’s only these two teams involved," Ahinful told Citi Sports.

“They should look at other matches and other officials and see to it that this issue is curtailed.

“This issue of bribery and staking bets on matches before and during matches.

“It cannot be stopped entirely because it is a worldwide thing but we should be able to curtail it to an extent,” he added.

The FA on their part has recommended that in the future match manipulation be treated as a criminal offense.