The country’s football association has charged a player with match-fixing and bringing the game into disgrace after he scored two own goals in an attempt to avert what he says was a pre-arranged result in Ghana’s top flight.
Hashmin Musah scored twice in the Inter Allies’ 7-0 loss against Ashanti Gold, later telling reporters that he did so to thwart what he felt was a pre-arranged 5-1 scoreline.
He is one of 18 players and six officials from both clubs who have been accused of various offenses.
All of them have been charged with match-fixing.
“I heard in our hotel that a bet had been made for a correct scoreline of 5-1 against my club Inter Allies,” Musah told Ghanaian media after the match in Obuasi.
“I decided to spoil that bet because I don’t condone betting. After the game, my technical team commended me for spoiling the bet they had staked.”
Musah, who has until Friday to file his defense, might be barred from playing football as a result of the allegations leveled against him.
He is one of three Inter Allies players facing charges, with 15 other players from Ghana’s three-time champions Ashanti Gold facing similar charges.
Inter Allies’ head coach, squad manager, and club administrator, as well as Ashanti Gold’s president and chief executive, have all been charged.
After obtaining statements of defense, Ghana’s football association (GFA) will adjudicate the cases, which are likely to be submitted by Monday, September 27.
‘We have not done anything bad because we always beat people 4-0, 5-0 or 5-4,” Ashanti Gold president Kwaku Frimpong told BBC Sport Africa.
“We beat them five and their defender [Musah] scored two himself. I think they have to put the blame on the guy who scored himself because it’s unprecedented.
“So why do we have to blame Ashanti Gold? This is jealousy and they just want to destroy my name. I have not talked to any president or any club. We have done nothing.”