After a shocking video of a player scoring two intentional own goals did the rounds in Africa on Monday, the footballer in question has revealed what drove him to commit those actions.
On Monday, a clip of Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah scoring two deliberate own goals went viral on Twitter after it was posted by Ghanaian journalist Saddick Adams.
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The video that did the rounds is from a Ghana Premier League fixture that took place this past Saturday and has seemingly blown open a huge match-fixing scandal in the African country.
Inter Allies lost the match 7-0 to Ashanti Gold, although the scoreline was 5-0 before Musah came off the bench to score two goals past his own goalkeeper in the final 12 minutes of the encounter, which players and management appeared to believe had been fixed.
"After the game, my technical team commended me for spoiling the bet they had staked," Musah told Kumasi FM, as reported by Citisportonline.
"I promised my coach that if he allows me to play from the bench, I will spoil the bet. And after the game, my team congratulated me. I heard it in our hotel that a bet had been made for a correct scoreline of 5-1 against my club Inter Allies. I decided to spoil that bet because I don’t condone betting."
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The issue has prompted calls for an investigation into the matter, with the Ghanaian FA releasing a statement announcing their intention to do just that.
"The Ghana Football Association (GFA) wishes to inform all its members and the public that the Association has opened investigations into the Ghana Premier League Matchday 34 game played between Ashanti Gold SC and Inter Allies FC at the Len Clay stadium at Obuasi on Saturday, July 17, 2021," the GFA said on Monday.
"The GFA has resolved that: (1) The Compliance & Integrity Officer and the GFA Prosecutors will lead the “sporting” investigations by the GFA, and (2) The Association will further lodge a complaint on the match with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service and the Ghana wing of Interpol for the criminal investigation of the game.
"The Association will immediately require statements from the two clubs and the players and the technical team members of the two clubs.
"The GFA further urges any member of the public, the media, players, technical team members to also send any evidence or information whatsoever connected to the match (a statement, video, audio etc) to assist the investigations through the GFA integrity Hotline and email."
A statement was also released by Ashanti Gold, in which they claimed to have "no idea" as to why the Inter Allies player decided to score two own goals.
"We take notice of the videos circulating in relation to our game against Inter Allies and wish to unequivocally disassociate [ourselves] from any wrongdoing," Ashanti Gold said in a statement on Monday.
"Ashanti Gold played competitively in the entire duration of the game, with our players scoring five great goals through hard work and team effort in the 15th, 26th, 42nd, 49th and 77th minutes respectively.
"We have no idea as to why the opponents' player scored two own goals after we were up by five goals, with 13 minutes to end the game.
"We demonstrated throughout the game we were determined to play to the best of our abilities, and not to play to any pre-determined scoreline as it's been circulated.
"We therefore vehemently disassociate ourselves from any match-fixing and wish to urge all persons and organisations wrongfully accusing the club of match-fixing to desists from that, as we won’t hesitate to take legal actions against such parties.
"As a renowned sporting brand, we have always believed in fair play and would continue to act in the good interest of the game."