Ex Ghana star Tony Yeboah disbands juvenile club over claims of increasing bribery and corruption
Ex Ghana striker Tony Yeboah has relinquished his interest in raising a football club over claims of increasing bribery and corruption in the country.
The former Hamburg star formed his own juvenile club, Yegoala FC, in the Ashanti Region after retiring from football.
The juvenile club was set up to help unearth and hone the several young talents within the Ashanti Region and various parts of Ghana.
It also served as an alternative professional route for most of the homeless youngsters who could have easily ended up in any of the social vices while also serving as a feeder club for some of the top clubs in the country.
But Yeboah, 48, claims the increasing rate of bribes paid to match officials in order to give his side fair officiating has become just too much for him to accommodate.
And for that reason he has quit doing football in the country and has disbanded his club.
“I am very much relieved to have stopped doing football in Ghana. It has taken the pressure off my finances,” he told Peace FM.
“On every match day, referees come to my hotel for money in order to officiate my matches fairly.
“I use to tell them to go and do their work diligently and that even if my team ends up losing, I will give them money for a good job done.
“These are the reasons why I stopped doing football in this country.”
The have been several reports of increasing bribery and corruption amongst club officials, referees and even players in the various tiers of Ghana football.
These claims have however fallen short of tangible proof for officials to latch on for prosecution.