Ghana-Nigeria friendly organizer furious at match-fixing reports

Published on: 12 October 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

Organizers of the international friendly between Ghana and Nigeria have expressed disgust at circling reports Tuesday's match was fixed.

Justin Addo, the CEO of JV2i consult (the match organizers) incurred a massive loss when the original game scheduled for August 9 had to be cancelled following riots in London.

However, speculations are rife after the big West African derby ended in a disappointing stalemate with many claiming a match of convenience had been played but Addo has vehemently dismissed these claims.

"I find it extremely insulting for anyone to suggest that Tuesday's friendly was fixed," he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.

"Do you think I am a fool to spend this much money to bring these many people here only to fix this game?

"The Nigeria coach was playing for his future, the Ghanaian players were playing for their Nations Cup future and therefore I find it very insulting also to the players and their officials that such a much is fixed."

"Do you realize that if Ghana had been beaten Stevanovic (Ghana coach) would be under serious pressure? So no one should even think off let alone suggest that this game was fixed."

The Super have failed to qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea were able to deny the Black Stars on Tuesday of which many thought prior to the game was a cool chop.

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  • Ghana-nigeria Friendly Organizer Furious At Match-fixing Reports | GhanaNaija.Com
    says: 7 years ago
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  • bonso
    says: 7 years ago
    491 finding its way in africa soccer yes/no
  • Experience Coach
    says: 7 years ago
    The match should have been cancelled.
  • Francis de Assisi
    says: 7 years ago
    I cant believe this match was fixed? Everyone could see that both teams were really determined to win. Anyone suggesting the match was fixed either definitely doesn't know football or did not watch the match.
  • Francis de Assisi
    says: 7 years ago
    Correction I cant believe people think this match was fixed.Everyone who watched the match and understand football could see that both teams were really determined to win. Anyone suggesting otherwise either definitely doesn’t know football or did not watch the match.
  • USMC
    says: 7 years ago
    I didnt c no.fire in dis game
  • He-goat
    says: 7 years ago
    Heei stop. What was discussed at the lunch thrown by the Nigerian coach (Siasia) for the Ghanaians? There is no free lunch my friend. Was it the black stars we knew before and after the world cup playing? That Inkoom's free scoring chance which he wasted by intentionally falling down. What about it? What of Prince Tagoe .... and on and on. THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH MY FRIEND. GHANA "SAVED" SIASIA'S JOB. We shall know tommorrow? What pains me is that Ghana is found of helping Nigeria but I do not think Nigeria could have done same to Ghana. In fact they would rather sadistically sink Ghana. In the run up to the 2002 world cup Ghana did the same to help Nigeria to go the world cup instead of Liberia. The length Nigeria went to "beg" Ghana to dash them the world cup slot was funny. I need not say it all. Let's wait and see if one day Nigeria would also like to "help" Ghana in the field of football if the great motherland stand in need.
  • Yaw Sam
    says: 7 years ago
    If you dont believe this match was fixed then you are sooo naive. The Ghana selection even gave it away. This was not a match Ghana wanted to win. Ghana played a very defensive minded midfield (hence Boateng not playing at all). The idea was for Ghana to ensure they dont loose the match and for nigeria not to loose because of the pride at stake. But clearly none of the teams played to win. It was never a serious match from beginning to end. A typical friendly to honor contracts. No injuries, no yellow cards, No attack minded game. These organiser take us for fools.
  • NIGERIAN MAN
    says: 7 years ago
    he _goat you are truly a goat
  • jerro,Greece
    says: 7 years ago
    Massa, Siasia if my memories serves me right was born in Ghana and in someway grew up in Ghana.I have been reliably informed that his beautiful wife is also a Ghanaian woman from koforidua,If all this is true, then the dude is so close to Ghana that certain guys in this football world are trying to connect his close relations to Ghana through his birth and marriage to his coaching and this match.If there was any lunch at all, i beg to ask if we and the Nigerians are not supposed yo be sister countries? is it supposed to be a friendly match or war? Ebeeiiii
  • Zambia Watete/Toronto
    says: 7 years ago
    yeaaaaaa its fixed match fool
  • michael
    says: 7 years ago
    although the tempo of the match was not that high as in previous matches,they should stop wasting our time with match fixing.if this one was fixed,then they should go on to add that the Sudan one was also fixed,likewise the friendly against england and brazil. no one has also set any agenda that the stars are going to win the next nations cup,not even the coach or FA,we should take our match one at time.if these countries that qualified at the expense of nigeria,egypt,cameroon and south africa did what they did to qualify,this should send a signal they are not minnows,then we better watch out and prepare and stop day dreaming,please spare us some ears commentators,supporters,well wishers,coaches and all.we have no agenda,our agenda is to play and win one match at a time.if at the end of the day we manage to get to the finals,then we can go in for the ultimate.and mind u agendas dont play football,what happens on the field is what is real.dont forget not too long ago,we struggled to lose to Zimbabwe when Egypt hosted it.one game at a time brothers,thats my philosophy and please dont put any unnecessary pressure on the team.
  • abdulahi from lagos
    says: 7 years ago
    Nigeria will nevr favour ghana,they rather favour the davour than ghana,its really hot me if ghana favour those who prefer the devour then ghana
  • AYIM EBENEZER
    says: 7 years ago
    GHANA DID NOT SAVE SIASIA'S JOB,BECAUSE GHANA DID NOT HIM THERE.HE AS HIS OWN PROBLEMS HE IS TRYING TO SOLVE,THE MATCH WAS FREE AND FAIR.THEREFORE IT WILL BE UNFORTUNATE FOR SOMEBODY TO ACCUSEDTHE ORGANISERS OF MATCH FIXTING.IT WAS GHANA COACH WHO FELT HE NEEDED TO TRY SOME OTHER PLAYERS.GHANA IS NOT ANY DEFERENT FROM NIGERIA.NIGERIA HAVE BEEN AT WHERE YOU ARE BEFORE NOW DECLINING,GHANA HAVE BEEN AT THE DOWN SIDE BEFORE AND NOW RISING,WATCH AGAINST COMPLICENCY,EGYPT SHOULD BE A PERFECT EXAMPLE.
  • MR President
    says: 7 years ago
    check your spelling and grammatics mister writer of this horrible article. were you so impressed with your work that you could not take 2 minutes to read over? were you so sure of it that you could not ask a second pair of eyes to read through your work? str_repeat('*',strlen('GOSH'))!!!
  • GhanaBoy
    says: 7 years ago
    That match had "fixed" written all over it.. no strong tackles, no sense of urgency, no desire to win.. they were playing for the draw right from the start..Inkooms chance is a clear example of it..his fall was not natural and had been feigned. I was told this match was fixed 3days before the kick off and sadly, I had already bought a ticket.. shame on the organisers,the coaches and the players..we are not fools
  • shamoo
    says: 7 years ago
    some of us ghanaians must learn.was the sudan game at baba nyara stadium also a fixed match,eii ghanaians we talk too much.we even played better in this match than the sudan game.and there is nothing at stake for this match so who would fixed it,and it was even a drawn game aaba.
  • He-goat
    says: 7 years ago
    Nigerian man or whatever you call yourself. I hope you will never take goat meat pepper soup bcos I am ready to choke you. Nigerians think bcos they have money they can always have their way. It is high time our football authorities sat up and defend our motherland. The familiar "fama Nyame" talk is doing us no good. The Nigerian would call you brother or friend if he wnats to use you. That is, the Nigerian would befriend you only if he knows he can gain something from you. Yes, I know Siasia grew up in Koforidua, but he is still a Nigerian. In fact a triumph over Ghana is a personal pride to him. Even that day of the match upon all the beggings and the favour extended to him by Ghana, he may have secretely told his boys to chip in a lat goal. FEAR THE NIGERIAN OOO! Me I be he-goat oo. I dey talk true ooo. Because for he-goat, when people are asleep that when I roam the streets so I know all the Nicodemus people.
  • Jude
    says: 7 years ago
    Hmmm...stars must really work hard to win the nations cup, because we've been beating the Nigerians does not mean they don't have good players, the match was not fixed. We need quality strikers to win big games, we've been expecting too much from the team recently.
  • steve
    says: 7 years ago
    i just dont understand the thinking of Ghanians? soo you feel that the match was fixed because you did not win nigeria..abi?.My friend listen, if you did not work on your team for the nations cup , your dream of qualifying from the group stages may not even materials cos all the minnow teams are coming with big heart to take the cup, knowing that the four big teams in africa are no more there.The Nigerian team was demoralised due to our oustar from the nations cup and therefore have nothing to play for.Had it been all things was equal, our boys could have beaten Ghana hands down.The Ghanaian team that i saw was completely ordinary and pls do not put your team under pressure as the nation cup will be a different ball game!
  • He-goat
    says: 7 years ago
    My friends, if your 'enemy' buys you lunch, what does it mean? It is a bribe. You should relax for. What again do you want to call bribe, if free lunch is not bribe? THINK, MY FRIEND THINK!