An official in Asante Kotoko management has been accused of bribing a match official to influence the outcome of their game against Ashantigold in the Special Competition.
Talking to a Sunyani-based Nimde3 FM, the accuser Robert Kakabo Mensah who is a retired Referee stated that he helped a Kotoko official Kofi Oduro ‘Shishila’ give a huge amount of money to the Referees that officiated their game against Ashantigold last week.
In that fixture, Asante Kotoko lost narrowly to Ashantigold, the host won the game 1-0.
“It’s true that before the Ashanti Gold SC match with Kotoko, monies were given to the match officials by a Kotoko official. I was Techiman when the operations manager of Kotoko called ‘Shishila’ said he wants to meet the Referees for the match who were coming from Tamale” Referee Mensah told Nimde3 FM
“He [Shishila] said he has money for the officials led by Referee Ali Alhassan, so a meeting should be held in Techiman since the referees said they can’t meet us in Tamale after I called them”
“Shishila came to Techiman with a Nissan Visen numbered AS 2988 – 18 to talked with that we can leave for Tamale to meet the referees for their match against Ashanti Gold”
“We met the Referees at the Tamale STC yard and gave them an undisclosed amount of money which was in a black polythene bag”
“He gave me 500 cedis for helping him to meet the referees because he said his team needed the points badly”
“After the match, he [Shishila] called me that he wants to retrieve his money from the referees because they failed to deliver as they promised”
“He called the referees also told them he needs his 8000 cedis because they couldn’t help his side to beat Ashanti Gold” he added