Years after Accra Hearts of Oak broke the 3 year monopoly of Ashantigold by winning the Ghana Premier league trophy in 1997, report has emerge the Ghana FA conspired with 3 top teams to ‘rob’ the miners of their 4th Domestic top title.
Former FIFA referee Solomon Yamoah in a shocking revelation to Asempa FM said the top teams in Ghana, Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak, and Accra Great Olympics could not believe how a ‘Young’ team like Ashantigold could be left to win multiple Ghana Premier league titles.
“The big teams didn’t understand why a new team like Ashantigold had won 3 Premier league titles, and on the way to win their 4th in the 1997 season, they invited me to the GFA and told me about how to stop the miners from winning their 4th title” he told Enoch Worlanyo Wallas.
Ashantigold SC then known as Goldfields Sporting club stormed the Ghanaian Football scene with top performers, winning the Premier league title on 3 consecutive occasions from the 1993/94 season.
Mr Yamoah said, the clubs invited him to the Referees committee to discuss how to ensure Goldfields did werr not made to win the title, he stressed that they wanted him to help them stop the miners from winning the title in their penultimate game against Accra Great Olympics.
“Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko and Great Olympics met the referees committee for me to officiate the game between Olympics and Ashantigold and to ensure the game doesn’t go the way of Ashantigold, even though I did not influence the results, however, Great Olympics won the game”.
Ashantigold were on course to win their 4th title, leading the pack with 49 points, while Hearts of Oak occupied the 2nd spot with 48 points with 2 games to end the season, the miners needed to beat Olympics to cement their position on the top, but the ‘Conspirators’ ensured they used all means to get Olympics win the game in Accra.
The phobians then recorded an emphatic win over Tano Bofoakwa in Sunyani to top the league table going into the final round of matches.
Mr Yamoah said he was invited by the Football Association to discuss the issues raised by the 3 clubs, and they FA believes he was the best person to discharge that duty.
“I was called to by the Ghana Football Association, and told what the 3 clubs wanted to do, they told me to take the Great Olympics vs Ashantigold game in Accra, infact I didn’t influence the results, but Olympics won on merit, since then Fans of Ashantigold have never liked me”. Retired referee Yamoah added.
Mr Solomon Yamoah has been appointed as the referees instructor in the Eastern region by the Ghana FA after retiring from the game in 2004, he got his FIFA badge in 1994, and has seen top games across the continent, including FIFA World cup qualifiers.