The club President of Ashanti Gold S.C, Kwaku Frimpong has received a 10-year ban for match fixing. Ashgold’s CEO, Emmanuel Frimpong, his son, has also been banned for 8 years after he was found guilty for the same match fixing allegations.
A verdict released by the GFA on Monday indicated a strong evidence of the CEO’s involvement in the match-fixing game against Inter Allies. It was a week 34 fixture of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League.
“The President of Ashantigold SC Dr. Kwaku Frimpong is banned from taking part in any football-related activity for a period of 120 months in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(i) of the Ghana Premier League Regulations 2019” – a section of the ruling.
“That a fine of One hundred Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc100,000) is imposed on Dr. Kwaku Frimpong in accordance with Article 34.5(d)(ii) of the Ghana Premier League Regulations 2019.”
Meanwhile, AshantiGold Sc have been demoted to the country’s third-tier after being found guilty of match manipulation.
In a decision announced on Monday by GFA, the miners were relegated to the country’s Division two. The club was found guilty of match manipulation in their league match against Inter Allies last year.
In a dramatic match that took place at the Len Clay stadium, the Obuasi-based side recorded an emphatic 7-0 win over Inter Allies FC. The match was the final league fixture for both clubs during the 2020/21 season.
Apart from the scoreline being shocking, suspicions arose when away side’s Hashmin Musah deliberately scored two own goals. The defender was brought on in the second half with the scoreline at 5-0, and he scored his own goalkeeper twice. The tally increased to 7-0 in favour of Ashgold Sc.
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The Ghana FA has been under immense pressure to investigate this match fixing suspicion since July 2021.
The Disciplinary Committee has ruled that AshantiGold will be demoted at the end of the 2021/22 Ghana Premier League as punishment. Thus, Ashantigold Sc will compete in the Division Two League next season.
The verdict given is in accordance with Article 6(3)(h) of the GFA Disciplinary Code 2019.