Ghana Football Association (GFA) Executive Council Member Frederick Acheampong has debunked claims of taking an amount of $20,000 as claimed by former Black Satellites striker Ransford Osei.
Osei in an interview with Doc Royal Sports claimed the said amount was taken by the football administrator to secure him a spot in the 2010 World Cup squad of the Black Stars. However, the former Asante Kotoko striker claims he never got the call-up and was told his spot was given to Prince Tagoe.
In response to the accusations, Acheampong has expressed deep shock and surprise at the claims. Acheampong vehemently denies the allegations, describing them as ridiculous, malicious, and lacking any basis.
He challenges Osei to provide evidence of the alleged payment and warns that, in the absence of proof, he will pursue all legal avenues, including the law courts, to clear his name. Acheampong is also prepared to take legal action against those spreading the falsehood on social media.
“I find the ridiculous claims by the player [Ransford Osei] malicious and without any basis and challenge him to provide proof of payment,” a part of the statement released on Tuesday morning reads.
“If he fails to provide the evidence to back up his absurd claims, I will be left with no choice than to use all legal means including the law courts to clear my name. Those actively publishing and spreading this falsehood via social media, will join in the legal proceedings.”
In his capacity as the Marketing and Communications Director of Kessben FC, Acheampong insists that he acted with utmost professionalism in the dealings with Ransford Osei. He accuses Osei of shifting blame for his career failures and sees this latest accusation as part of that pattern.
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Meanwhile, the 32-year-old who was a key figure for the Black Starlets and Black Satellites between 2007 and 2009 hung his boots after unsuccessful spells in Finland and Lithuania.