Athletics Information of Thursday, 16 May 2019
Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko have been embroiled in a bribery scandal, amid promises the club tried to bribe a referee throughout their Exclusive Opposition match versus Ashantigold at the weekend.
Retired referee Robert Tawiah Mensah is alleging a person Kofi Oduro, who promises to have close ties with Kotoko chairman Dr Kwame Kyei is demanding a refund of a intended GH 8,000 he paid to the match officials.
He promises one particular Kofi Oduro nicknamed “Shishilla” has been hounding him with calls to get a refund of the funds following the Porcupine Warriors shed 1- in Obuasi.
The bribery allegation has ruffled feathers in Kumasi as it set the reliability of the Ghanaian powerhouse on the line.
“It is genuine that in advance of the Ashanti Gold SC match with Kotoko, monies were being offered to the match officers by a Kotoko formal. I was Techiman when the operations supervisor of Kotoko termed ‘Shishila’ claimed he needs to meet up with the Referees for the match who were being coming from Tamale” Referee Mensah informed Nimde3 FM
“He [Shishila] said he has dollars for the officials led by Referee Ali Alhassan, so a conference should really be held in Techiman considering that the referees reported they can’t satisfy us in Tamale soon after I known as them”
“Shishila arrived to Techiman with a Nissan Visen numbered AS 2988 – 18 to talked with that we can go away for Tamale to meet the referees for their match versus Ashanti Gold”
“We satisfied the Referees at the Tamale STC garden and gave them an undisclosed volume of cash which was in a black polythene bag”
“He gave me 500 cedis for assisting him to fulfill the referees because he claimed his team essential the details poorly”
“Just after the match, he [Shishila] referred to as me that he needs to retrieve his cash from the referees due to the fact they failed to deliver as they promised”
“He referred to as the referees also informed them he desires his 8000 cedis simply because they couldn’t help his facet to defeat Ashanti Gold” he added
The damning allegation is a substantial take a look at for the Ghana FA Normalisation Committee to probe further into the matter.
Allegations of bribery and corruption have crippled area soccer for numerous many years in the West African Country.
Kotoko are desperate to qualify from their group in the ongoing Specific Levels of competition.
They have a crunch tie versus Medeama at house on Sunday in advance of traveling to Dorma to struggle Aduana Stars.
Only a gain from Medeama and perhaps a draw against Aduana would see them advance into the semis.
But with the latest bribery statements attaining currency in the nearby media, it’s unclear if it will cloud their preparations for the difficult take a look at versus the Mauve and Yellows in Kumasi this weekend.