Fans of the Ghana Premier League were shocked after footage of Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah scoring two intentional own goals in their match against AshantiGold went viral.
AshantiGold won the match, which was their last of the 2020/21 league season, 7-0.
The first of Hashmin’s own goals came with the Miners leading 5-0 in the 78th minute, with the second coming three minutes later.
The player has since justified his actions, stating in an interview with Kumasi FM that he put the ball past his own goalkeeper twice to ruin an apparent bet that had been made prior to the game, predicting a 5-1 scoreline.
According to Hashmin, his actions were as a result of his derision for gambling.
“I heard it in our hotel that a bet had been made for a correct scoreline of 5 goals to 1 against my club Inter Allies.
“I decided to spoil that bet because I don’t condone betting,” he is quoted as having said in the interview.
He said his technical team commended him for his actions after the game.
“After the game, my technical team commended me for spoiling the bet they had staked.
“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.”
Inter Allies were relegated prior to the weekend’s final round of matches while Ashgold would have been safe regardless of their result on Sunday.
The Ghana Football Association has, however, begun investigations into the incident.
In a statement released on Monday, the GFA also said it will lodge a complaint with the police for a criminal probe to commence.
“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 Match-day 34 game played between Ashanti Gold SC and Inter Allies FC at the Len Clay stadium at Obuasi on Saturday, July 17, 2021.”