A striker with relegation-threatened Ghana Premier League side New Edubiase United has claimed his side and league leaders Wa All Stars had a gentleman agreement to compromise their respective home games in the ongoing campaign.
Young forward Prince Antwi, speaking to Bekwai-based Dess FM accused the Wa-based club owned by Ghana FA President Kwasi Nyantakyi of betraying their trust after his Edubiase side lost by a painful 1-0 margin to All Stars on home soil in a reverse league fixture last Sunday.
Speaking in the interview Monday, an embittered Antwi alleged that the Edubiase playing body was made to understand that they were to lose their match day 5 fixture away to All Stars in Wa while the reverse will happen in the corresponding fixture at home on match day 26.
“It is true, that is how the case was – to lose in Wa against All Stars and win at home but they want to win the league that’s why he didn’t follow the agreement. I‘m surprised they did not give us the points. Our game in Wa was a fixed match, that’s why several top players and I were benched for them to win,” Antwi is quoted as telling Dess FM.
He continued: “It was against that reason that most of the regular players were benched ahead of the game and the number one goalkeeper was benched for the 2nd keeper. He also did not want to be disgraced so he was very agile throughout the game and so were our defenders.”
“But when the information was further drummed home, we had no option than to handle the ball in our own penalty box so that a penalty be given them because even though we were playing it soft, their strikers were not shooting on target.
“Now they believe they have the chance to win the league so they did not comply with the arrangement and that to me is bad coming from them”, the striker bemoaned.
All Stars react
Wa All Stars have strongly reacted to the allegation with a call on the Ethics Committee of the Ghana FA to question the player for evidence of his claim.
“We are, therefore, by this release also calling on the Ethics Committee of the FA to invite the said player Prince Antwi to come and prove his allegation or be given the necessary disciplinary measures.”
“We are assuring the FA of management’s full cooperation in this matter to unearth the truth or otherwise of the allegation,” the club said in a statement.