GFA president, CID boss meet over match-fixing allegations

The match involving Ashgold and Inter-Allies

The president of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, on Monday met with the Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, COP Isaac Ken Yeboah, and some top members of the Police hierarchy to deliberate on the match-fixing and betting allegation involving Ashantigold and Inter Allies at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium barely a fortnight ago.

Mr Okraku appealed to the CID boss to set up a crack team to investigate the issue and bring the pepertrators to book.

‘’Looking at the severity of the matter and its implications on the football industry, it has become very necessary for the investigations,’’Mr Okraku noted.

‘’We need to do this to save the sport that we all cherish and adore. We cannot sit down unconcerned and allow a few individuals to destroy our football, “ he added.

‘’As the leader of this football family, I would like to mention that we have already begun our own investigation and want the Police to handle the criminal part as stated in our initial statement to the public.

‘’We need to act and I believe that this is the right time to delve into such matters to restore the needed public confidence in the product,’’ he stressed.

The CID Director General COP, Mr Yeboah, promised to form a team made up of officers from various units within the Ghana Police Service to look into the matter.

He pleaded with the media not to give pressure to impede the process and that Investigations will be thorough and the media will be updated only when required.

COP Yeboah also assured that the Ghana Police Service would work hand in hand with the Ghana Football Association to bring the matter to its logical conclusion.

The FA later gave supporting materials to help the Police in their investigations. They were the referees report, the match commissioners report, the match video, statements from the two clubs and a letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Kurt Okraku has no hands in the match fixing scandal so why not invite the teams involved, Ashgold and Allies should be going to and from the police CID headquarters by now. GFA president has oversight responsibility to make sure the leagyus organized well and ethics held well but this is a human institution.

I’ll wish there is another way of going about this. The GPS has a very bad reputation with regards to the investigation of crimes, especially the CID. They must do their best in bringing closure to this once and for all.