Match-fixing SCANDAL: Kotoko official allegedly bribed Referees for their match against Ashanti Gold Featured
16 May

Match-fixing SCANDAL: Kotoko official allegedly bribed Referees for their match against Ashanti Gold

One of Asante Kotoko's operations managers allegedly offered a bribe to match officials to influence the outcome of a match between his outfit and Ashanti Gold SC in the ongoing Normalization Committee Special Competition.

Retired referee Robert Kakabo Mensah revealed in an interview with Sunyani-based Nimde3 FM that he aided Kotoko official named Kofi Oduro 'Shishila' to give millions of cedis to Referees that officiated the NC Special Cup match-day eleven fixture between Asante Kotoko and Ashanti Gold SC.
 
Ashanti Gold SC managed to record a 1-0 home victory over Asante Kotoko in a regional derby clash at the Len Clay Stadium.
 
According to Retired referee Mensah, he and Kofi Oduro met the match officials led by Ali Alhassan in Tamale to give them the money.
 
"It's true that before the Ashanti Gold SC match with Kotoko, monies were given to the match officials by a Kotoko official. I was Techiman when the operations manager of Kotoko called 'Shishila' said he wants to meet the Referees for the match who were coming from Tamale" Referee Mensah told Nimde3 FM
 
"He [Shishila] said he has money for the officials led by Referee Ali Alhassan, so a meeting should be held in Techiman since the referees said they can't meet us in Tamale after I called them"
 
"Shishila came to Techiman with a Nissan Visen numbered AS 2988 - 18 to talked with with that we can leave for Tamale to meet the referees for their match against Ashanti Gold"
 
"We met the Referees at the Tamale STC yard and gave them an undisclosed amount of money which was in a black polythene bag"
 
"He gave me 500 cedis for helping him to meet the referees because he said his team needed the points badly"
 
"After the match, he [Shishila] called me that he wants to retrieve his money from the referees because they failed to deliver as they promised"
 
"He called the referees also told them he needs his 8000 cedis because they couldn't help his side to beat Ashanti Gold" he added
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