In July, Ghanaian Premier League defender Hashmin Musah went viral after deliberately scoring two goals against his own side in a game in an attempt to foil a ‘rigged plot’.
Musah, who played for Inter Allies, voluntarily put the ball in his own net twice in a possible 7-0 loss to Ashanti Gold in the Ghanaian top flight.
The center-back then told reporters he did so with the intention of ruining what he believed to be a pre-arranged 5-1 win for Ashanti Gold.
“I heard in our hotel that a bet had been made for a decent 5-1 score against my club Inter Allies,” Musah told reporters after the game.
“I decided to spoil this bet because I do not endorse the bets. After the game, my technical team congratulated me for spoiling the bet they had placed.”
Images of her own goals have gone viral on social media. Musah’s own goals were so blatant, capturing the world’s attention.
The case took an extreme turn, however, with Musah now being accused of match-fixing himself.
The Ghanaian federation investigated the alleged irregularities and decided to charge Musah with match-fixing and discredit the game. The defender is one of 18 players and six officials from both teams to have been charged with various offenses, including match-fixing, according to BBC Sport.
Three Inter Allies players have been charged, while 15 Ashanti Gold players are also in disciplinary difficulty. The BBC report claims Musah could be banned from football for his part.
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The Ghana Football Association has requested statements of defense from those involved and the president of Ashanti Gold has already protected his club’s innocence.
“We haven’t done anything wrong because we always beat people 4-0, 5-0 or 5-4,” Ashanti Gold chairman Kwaku Frimpong told BBC Sport Africa.
“We beat them five and their defender [Musah] scored two himself. I think they have to blame the guy who scored because it’s unprecedented.
“So why do we blame Ashanti Gold? It’s jealousy and they just want to destroy my name. I haven’t spoken to any president or club. We haven’t done anything.”
Ghana has a history of match-fixing issues, with a 2018 investigation by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposing the illicit activities of senior officials and referees in the country.
The case has once again surfaced in the most disconcerting manner.
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