The Black Stars of Ghana, is the Ghana national senior football team; which has been representing Ghana in the men's international football since 1950. The team consists of twenty players including the technical team. The Ghana Senior football team is nicknamed (Black Stars), after the Black Star in the Ghana flag. The current Head coach of the Team is Otto Addo; whiles the Captain of the team is André Ayew.
Currently, the ongoing allegations hitting the Black Stars reveals that, the team is about to lose its credibility due to alleged match-fixing.
Expressing his fear about the team, the Member of Parliament for South Tongu, Honorable Kobena Mensah Woyome, has said, that the beautiful game of football is beginning to lose its credibility in Ghana's team, due to alleged match-fixing.
Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 Hon. Mensah Woyome explained that, “…considering the fact that different activities result in the manipulation of some aspect of a game to make sure that one team wins a particular sports match”.
He added that, “these activities may also include; Point shaving which is often used as a means of approaching impressionable match-fixing marks, because in a point-shaving scheme, the objective of the fix is to lose by less than the point-spread not to lose the game itself”.
Honorable Mensah Woyome; who is also the Ranking Member on Youth, Sports and Culture Committee in Parliament, again stated that, “Match-fixing Tanking, is another strategy where a player or team intentionally puts in a subpar effort. Though tanking sounds sinister in nature, it can sometimes be advantageous for players depending on tournament structures. This quirk was the case at the 2012 Summer Olympics when eight badminton players were disqualified for tanking”.
He further advised that, the Ghana Football Association (GFA), should ensure that, football clubs comply with the statutes of the federation at all times, as this will attract corporate sponsorship, increase cash flow, boost domestic football as well as restore credibility into our games locally and internationally.
Commenting on betting, the South Tongu MP said that, “I must confess; where criminals use advanced technology in communication, to operate globally with many betting markets both legal and illegal now operating online; and in real time, fixers are able to bet on and manipulate matches regardless of their geographic location. Criminals also work in highly organized and mobile networks, and are able to use agents to act as middlemen to manipulate members of the football community globally”.
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