Match-fixing scandal: CAS grants stay of execution on Ashantigold and Inter Allies players after ban

Published on: 10 August 2022

The Court of Arbitration for Sports has lifted the ban on the 21 players involved in the match-fixing scandal between Ashantigold and Inter Allies.

The players have been cleared to play temporarily until the full merits of the case id determined.

Last season's Ghana Premier League between the two sides was fixed, according to the Disciplinary Committee. Ashgold won the game 7-0, with an Inter Allies player scoring two own goals on purpose.

This led to the demotion of both clubs, whereas twenty-one players involved in the game were handed heavy bans.

Some officials of the two clubs have also been banned from the sport for their role in the scandal.

But the twenty players involved have now been cleared and are free to register and play for their respective clubs as CAS looks into the matter.

This was after an appeal was filed on the players behalf by FIFPRO through the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG).

Nine players of Inter Allies’ matchday squad namely: Mohammed Zakari, Richard Acquaah, Shaibu Taufiq, Danso Wiredu Mensah (goalkeeper), Alex Aso, Abdul Kadir Mohammed, Isah Ali, Felix Abuska, and Andy Okpe who failed to appear before the investigative committee, were handed two years ban each for their involvement in the game.

For Ashanti Gold, Stephen Owusu Banahene, Empem Dacosta Ampem, Frank Akoto, Agyemang Isaac Opoku, Amos Kofi Nkrumah, Eric Esso, Moses Kwame, and Solomon Afriyie were banned 24 months (two years) each while, Samed Mohammed and Seth Osei received a 30-month (two years, six months) each.

Four other players: Emmanuel Owusu, Mohammed Bailou, Amos Addai, and Paul De Vries Asare were banned for 48 months (four years) each.