'I scored own goals to spoil their bet'

African Watch

A Ghana Premier League defender has confessed to deliberately scoring two own goals on the weekend to "spoil the bet" the opposition had allegedly made.  

Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah, who came on as a substitute in his club's final game of the league season on Saturday, made the shocking claim after the match, adding that his bosses congratulated him for scoring two own goals in their 7-0 defeat to Ashanti Gold.

While Allies were already relegated from the Ghanaian top flight before the game took place, the result is now being called into question after claims that match-fixing took place.  

Musah, 24, insisted during a radio interview that his technical team had agreed with his decision to score the own goals, seemingly believing that Ashanti had bet on a certain scoreline for the fixture.

"After the game, my technical team commended me for spoiling the bet they had staked," he told Kumasi FM.

"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."

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The Ghana Football Association has since opened a formal investigation into the allegations of betting and match-fixing, and has reportedly notified the police to do a criminal probe as well. 

Ashanti Gold, meanwhile, have issued a statement denying any claims of wrongdoing on their part, insisting that they did not "play to any pre-determined scoreline as it's been circulated". 

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