Scandal has hit the Ghana Premier League after a defender admitted deliberately scoring two own goals at the weekend to foil a ‘match-fixing plot’.
Inter Allies centre-back Hashmin Musah reportedly confessed to scoring the two intentional own goals during the clash against Ashanti Gold. Musah came off the bench and scored two own goals in the final 12 minutes, leaving Inter Allies 7-0 down.
Musah couldn’t have made his own goals look more deliberate if he’d tried. The defender claims he netted the two goals on purpose because he believes the score had been agreed in advance for betting purposes.
“After the game, my technical team commended me for spoiling the bet they had staked,” Musah told Kumasi FM, as reported by Citisportonline, per Goal.com. “I promised my coach that if he allows me to play from the bench, I will spoil the bet. And after the game, my team congratulated me.
I heard it in our hotel that a bet had been made for a correct score line of 5-1 against my club Inter Allies.
“I decided to spoil that bet because I don’t condone betting.”
This was the final game of the season and Musah’s team, Inter Allies, had already been relegated from Ghana’s Premier League. Trailing 5-0, Musah entered the fray as a second-half substitute before taking matters into his own hands. He was then subbed off before full-time following his brace of own goals. Ashanti Gold deny they were part of the alleged pre-arranged agreement to fix the full-time score line.
“We take notice of the videos circulating in relation to our game against Inter Allies and wish to unequivocally disassociate [ourselves] from any wrongdoing,” the club said in a statement on Monday.
“Ashanti Gold played competitively in the entire duration of the game, with our players scoring five great goals through hard work and team effort in the 15th, 26th, 42nd, 49th and 77th minutes respectively. “We have no idea as to why the opponents’ player scored two own goals after we were up by five goals, with 13 minutes to end the game.
“We demonstrated throughout the game we were determined to play to the best of our abilities, and not to play to any pre-determined score line as it’s been circulated.
“We therefore vehemently disassociate ourselves from any match-fixing and wish to urge all persons and organisations wrongfully accusing the club of match fixing to desists from that, as we won’t hesitate to take legal actions against such parties. “As a renowned sporting brand, we have always believed in fair play and would continue to act in the good interest of the game.”
Meanwhile, the Ghanaian FA have announced they will look into alleged irregularities.