Kumasi Asante Kotoko have thrown their support behind midfielder, Richmond Lamptey, who has been handed a 30-month ban by the Ghana Football Association’s Disciplinary Committee for his involvement in a match-fixing scandal at the end of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season.
Lamptey, 25, was on the books of Inter Allies at the time of the incident, and received his ban as part of a ruling released Monday, which demoted Ashantigold and Inter Allies to Division Two for playing a fixed match.
The former WAFA graduate was part of 34 players and officials from the two teams who copped various bans and fines for their roles in the scandal.
Kotoko signed Lamptey despite the player having been under investigation.
In a statement, Kotoko said they “supported the Player through the prosecution process and would continue to lend its support to the Player at this time until finality is brought to the matter.”
Read the full statement below:
The attention of the Club has been drawn to a decision of the disciplinary committee of the Ghana Football association banning its player, Richmond Lamptey for a period of thirty (30) months. The alleged misconduct of the player is said to have occurred at the time he played for Inter Allies FC.
The Player was charged by the GFA at the beginning of the 2021/2022 football season, at a time the Club had signed on the Player. The Club supported the Player through the prosecution process and would continue to lend its support to the Player at this time until finality is brought to the matter.