The Ghana Football Association (GFA) Ethics Committee has found Techiman City FC and Wa African United guilty of bribery and match fixing allegations after a full scale investigations was launched into their Match day 22 game played at the Damongo Park.
The Committee therefore on Tuesday pronounced its sanctions on the two clubs and individuals involved in accordance with Article 68(2) of the FA Disciplinary Code.
Wa African United and Techiman City FC were thus demoted ‘for giving and accepting bribe aimed at influencing the results of their League match’ to the next division, (Division Two league) which is the third tier of Ghana’s league, according to the GFA official website, GFA.org.
According to the release from the FA, allegations of bribery and match-fixing have become persistent in football matches in the country, which they feared takes away the competitive spirit which ultimately compromises the integrity of results of matches.
The FA also noted that, ‘apart from producing unworthy Champions, the nation risks stagnation in the growth and advancement of the game’.
The Ethics Committee also served a warning notice to all clubs that it will not compromise any such untoward behavior which marred the fairness football professes. It said, ‘we will therefore relentlessly pursue and sanction any club or official who indulges in this’.
Two individuals, the CEO of Techiman City FC, Mr Charles Kwadwo Ntim and the Advisor of Techiman City FC Kofi Manu aka Blue Blue, were severely reprimanded by the Committee for showing gross disrespect to them during its sittings.
Also, the Team Manager (Kofi Adams) and Coach (Yaw Baah Suleman) both of Wa African United FC and Yaw Adamu Acheampong ( an official of Techiman City FC), who according to the FA statement personally took the money are all banned for one year from all football related activities.
Earlier last year, Wa African United in a letter dated 29th July, 2015, informed the GFA that they were involved in a match with Techiman FC in Week 22 of the 2014/15 GN Bank Division One League played at the Damongo Park which was compromised.
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The WA based club further alleged in the said letter that they were bribed with GH¢2,000.00 (Two Thousand Ghana Cedis) by Techiman City FC as well as other payments to cater for the feeding of their team to play a match of convenience.
In the light of the above, the GFA Appeals Committee tasked the GFA Ethics Committee to re-look into the match fixing incident in pursuant of the Code of Ethics 18(1) and 19 of the GFA Regulations and come up with its findings and/or recommendations.
The five members of the Ethics Committee who sat on the case include:
Mr. Felix Anyinsah - Vice Chairman
Prof. George Armah - Member
Mr. Is- Hak Al- Hassan - Member
Mr. Addai Kyeremeh - Member
Mr. William Bossman - Secretary