Techiman City FC Demoted To Division Two For Bribery | CEO Rubbishes Decision And Hints Of an Appeal
Techiman City Football Club’s dream of playing in Ghana’s Premier League this season for the first time has been shattered after the FA Ethics Committee found them culpable of bribery and match fixing and demoted them to division two
The team was demoted together with Wa Africa United, who were also indicted in the bribery and match fixing scandal on match day 22 league game played at the Damongo Park.
On 29th July last year, Wa Africa United wrote to the Ghana Football Association and informed it that, the match it played with Techiman City was a compromised one.
The team further alleged that, it received an amount of two thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc2,000) and other payments for feeding from Techiman City as bribe to influence the outcome of the match in favour of the latter ( Techiman City).
Following the allegation, the GFA Code of Ethics 18 (1) and 19 of the GFA regulations, the Ethics Committee of the GFA was tasked to look into the allegation of bribery and match fixing involving the two sides in the 2014/15 GN Bank Division One League and make recommendations.
The Ethics Committee in its earlier ruling found Techiman City and Wa Africa United guilty of Match fixing and bribery and demoted them to the Division Two. Techiman City Footbal Club, led by its CEO, Mr Charles Kwadwo Ntim appealed against the ruling at the Appeals Committee.
They raised various objections and said the Committee was not properly constituted because the Chairman of the Committee, DSP Kofi Boakye was not up to ten years when he was called to the Ghana BAR and as such, it disqualified him from Chairing the Committee.
The FA Appeals Committee upheld their objection and nullified the ruling of the Ethics Committee and ordered the re- constitution of the Committee and re-look into the matter.
The Ethics Committee however insisted that, it did not err and its decision was grounded in law. The Appeals Committee wrote back to them and insisted that, the Committeee be re- constituted to re- visit the case.
The Ethics Committee after it has been reconstituted with DSP Kofi Boakye recusing himself following the objection raised by Techiman City which was upheld by the appeals Committee, served a notice to the two parties to appear before it.
Both parties appeared before the Committee on thursday, January 7, 2016 but Techiman City through its Spokes person, Mr Kofi Manu raised some preliminary objection on the inclusion of three members of the Committee who were part of the earlier case which was set aside and have reasonable grounds to establish that, they would not be fair, citing article 82, 2 (d) and 4 of the GFA Disciplinary Code to back his objection.
But his objection was over ruled by the Vice Chairman of the Committee citing the case of Bilson V Apaloo and the Judges V Attorney General of Saskatchwan as some of the relevant authorities to support his ruling.
The Spokes Person and the Lawyer of the Club, Mr Amoah Larbi said they could not continue with the sitting because they believed strongly that, they three would be biased and besides, they intended to appeal against the Chairman’s ruling on the objections they raised which he overruled.But the Vice Chairman reminded them that, they could only appeal after the case has been determined.
The Committee went ahead with the sitting and interrogated witnesses of Wa African United based on the evidence they promised to present to the Committee. The Committee also took evidence from the CEO of Wa African United, Nana Gyamera Yiakwan II on telephone.
Based on the evidence available and presented to the Committee, it came to the conclusion that, the two teams were guilty of bribery and match fixing and pursuant to article 68 (2) of the GFA Disciplinary Code, article 40 (4.3.6) and 40 (4.9) the Committee has banned the two teams are demoted to Division Two.
The Team Manager (Kofi Adam) and the Coach (Yaw Baah Suleimana) both of Wa African United and Yaw Adamu Acheampong (an official of Techiman City) have all been banned for one year from all footbal related activities.
Meanwhile the CEO of Techiman City, Mr Charles Kwadwo Ntim has rubbished the ruling and hinted that, the team will appeal against the Ethics Committee’s ruling at the Appeals Committee.
The team has made some signings included Stephen Manu, former Ashanti Kotoko Striker and also renovated its park to a standard befitting of a premier league pitch in anticipation of participating in this season’s Ghana Premier League only for it to be demoted to the Division Two Side for bribery and match fixing.