Hearts goalkeeper Richard Attah reveals how match-fixing allegations destroyed his move to a foreign club

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The shot-stopper says he was inches away from joining an unnamed club outside the country but the deal fell through due to match fixing allegations

Hearts of Oak goalkeeper Richard Attah has revealed that he could not leave the Ghana to play for one of the top clubs on the continent because of match fixing allegations which eclipsed 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season

The well-built goalkeeper claims he was on the verge of securing a bumper deal with a top African club but the deal was cancelled after the infamous 7-0 victory by Ashanti Gold over Inter Allies.

In that game, one of Allies’ players deliberately scored two own goals and later revealed that he did that destroy a correct scoreline pre-determined by the two clubs.

“Getting to the end of last season, I had an offer from a top African club. We started talking but they later called off the deal,” Attah told Angel FM Accra in an interview.

“Initially, I didn’t understand but later the club explained that because of the betting and match fixing issues that happened in the Ghana League.

“They didn’t trust the league. That issue was the reason why the deal was called off,” he added.

Attah has been named as one of four goalkeepers for Ghana’s upcoming 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and South Africa next month.

He is also expected to play an integral role as the Phobians participate in the Caf Champions League for the first time in seven years. They will play CI Kamsar in the preliminary round.

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