Own-goal hero charged with match-fixing

African Football

An African defender, who went viral after intentionally scoring two own goals in a game to "spoil the bet" an opposition team had allegedly made, has been charged with match-fixing.  

Earlier this year, Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah came on as a substitute in his club's final game of the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season, and shocked everyone when he scored two blatant own goals to help the opposition, Ashanti Gold, inflict a one-sided 7-0 victory on his club.  

Read: 'I scored own goals to spoil their bet'

He claimed he did this in a bid to spoil a wager Ashanti had made, telling Kumasi FM that: "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.

"I heard it in our hotel that a bet had been made for a correct score line of 5 goals to 1 against my club Inter Allies. I decided to spoil that bet because I don't condone betting."

Here are Musah's two own goals from that match:

In a strange turn of events, however, Musah has now been charged with match-fixing himself, according to GiveMeSport 

The Ghana Football Asociation (GFA) launched an investigation into the matter and reportedly reached the conclusion that the 24-year-old should be charged for match-fixing and bringing the game into disrepute.

Per BBC Sport, the Ghanaian centre-back could be banned from football for his role in the incident. 

The British news outlet also stated that Musah is just one of 18 players and six officials across both teams who have by charged by the GFA for various offences. 

Three Inter Allies footballers are said to have been charged, while 15 Ashanti Gold stars suffered the same fate.  

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