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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 September 2007, 12:07 GMT 13:07 UK
Abedi 'match fixing' ban lifted
By Michael Oti Adjei
BBC Sport, Accra

Three times African Footballer of the Year, Abedi Pele
Abedi 'Pele' has been cleared of match fixing by the GFA

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lifted a one-year ban it imposed on three-time African Footballer of the year Abedi 'Pele' Ayew for his role in alleged match fixing.

Abedi was handed the ban in April after the club he owns and manages Nania FC and three other second division sides were found guilty of match fixing by the GFA.

The ruling came after the GFA was forced to re-examine the case after the Ghanaian footballing legend appealed against his ban.

While Abedi is now free to be involved in football, his club Nania FC as well as Okwahu United, Great Mariners FC and Tudu Mighty Jets will still serve bans.


The quartet have been banned from playing in the second tier of Ghana football for one season.

All the players who were on the pitch at the end of both games have also been banned for a season from all competitions organised by the GFA.

The four clubs will also pay a fine of US$5,000.

The ban is considerably less than the initial punishment in April, handed out to the four clubs when they were demoted to the fourth division and fined US$20,000.

I don't think it is fair for the players to sit out a whole season
Abedi 'Pele' Ayew

Nania and Mariners were level on points in their group and needed to win their final matches to qualify for the country's top league.

Abedi's team beat Okwawu United 31-0 while Great Mariners triumphed 28-0 over Mighty Jets in league games played earlier this year.

The saga has held back the domestic season in Ghana for three months after Nania fought out a long drawn legal battle with the GFA over the legitimacy of the bans.

Abedi told BBC Sport he will now do all he can to get the ban on his players lifted.

"I don't think it is fair for the players to sit out a whole season," he said.

"I will not be contesting the verdict against the club but I will stand up for my players and ensure that they are free to play football wherever they please this season."

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