There is a possibility that Asante Kotoko coach Abdul Gazale may face the Ethics Committee of the Ghana Football Association following his controversial claim of a ‘pre-determined’ result after his team’s 1-1 draw against Karela United at home.
Gazale expressed his frustration after his side failed to secure maximum points at home for the third consecutive time this season. He suggested that the match may have been compromised, alleging a ‘predicted result’ before the Premier League game at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
Although Gazale typically refrains from discussing officiating decisions, he felt compelled to speak up in this instance. He questioned the fairness of certain decisions made during the game and insinuated that the technical teams may have influenced the outcome. Gazale particularly highlighted a controversial substitution and instances where he believed fouls were mishandled by the officials.
The coach’s comments have ignited controversy in the country, with discussions emerging about potential match-fixing claims involving the two teams. As a result, Gazale might be summoned by the Ethics Committee of the Ghana FA to provide evidence supporting his serious allegations.
Despite Kotoko squandering several goal-scoring opportunities, they managed to take the lead in the 28th minute through an own goal by Mohammed Ganiu, who inadvertently redirected a low cross from Solomon Sarfo Taylor. However, Karela United equalized in the 81st minute through Fatawu Mohammed, resulting in a draw at the end of the match.
Currently occupying the 4th position in the Ghana Premier League table with 48 points, Kotoko’s chances of defending their championship title seem unlikely. Their next fixture will be against Accra Lions in the capital, followed by their final match of the season against Dreams FC in Kumasi.