Ashanti Gold SC coach Thomas Dua has said, all the 18-league clubs will be playing in the second division should in case Ghana FA rule them out of the upcoming season.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is set to demote Premier League side, AshantiGold Soccer Club to Division Two after the club was found guilty of match manipulation.
The Obuasi-based side is believed to be involved in manipulating the outcome of their 2020/21 league game against Inter Allies last two seasons.
The two sides allegedly played a match of convenience when Ashantigold thrashed Allies 7-0 at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium in a matchday 34 fixture.
After almost a year, the disciplinary committee of the Ghana FA has come out with a verdict following a thorough investigation.
A statement from the Ghana FA said, “AshantiGold will be demoted to the Division Two after being found Guilty of Match in their 2020/21 Ghana Premier League Matchday 34 game against Inter Allies FC. “The decision takes effect from the 2022/23 league season.” GFA DC statement read.
In an interview with Kumasi-based radio Akoma FM, the gaffer made a clear statement that Ashanti Gold SC will play Ghana Premier League 2022/2023 season.
“No one has communicated to us (Ashanti Gold) that we are going to play in Division Two. We have appealed the decision and have yet to hear from the FA”, he said.
“No one at the club engaged in betting and it feels bad when tagged with something you don’t know anything about(even in a car people tag me as part of the betting people).
“We (Ashanti Gold SC) have not been taken out of the GPL so we are preparing and ready for the upcoming season but God forbid we go into Division Two, surely that will not happen”.
He was quizzed as to what to do if the FA excludes Ashanti Gold SC from the upcoming season…
“Should that happen, then it means all clubs will be playing in that zone(Division Two). God will not let it comes true, should that happen then all the Ghana League clubs will be playing in the Second Division”, he told Akoma FM.
Ghana FA has set Thursday, August 18 for the next ordinary congress of the body ahead of the start of the next football season.
Congress will approve the demotion and promotion of clubs in the Ghana Premier League (GPL), the National Division one League (DOL), and the Women’s Premier League.