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Bribery allegations led to my mother’s death – Ex-Kotoko goalie Sam Ampeh

Former Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Sam Ampeh believes the allegations of bribery levelled against him four decades ago took a toll on his mother and ultimately led to her death.

Bribery allegations led to my mother’s death – Ex-Kotoko goalie Sam Ampeh

Ampeh was on the books of the Porcupine Warriors in the 1980s but came under the spotlight following the club’s exit from the African Cup of Champions Clubs, now the CAF Champions League.

In the 1981 season, Kotoko were paired against Guinean side AS Kaloum Star in the second round of the competition.

However, despite winning the first leg 1-0 in Kumasi, the Porcupine Warriors were eliminated after succumbing to a 1-3 defeat in the reverse fixture.

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In the aftermath of the match, Ampeh was accused of throwing the game, with some alleging that he took bribes to sabotage his teammates.

The former goalkeeper, however, insists he was at his best in both legs, denying any claims of deliberating conceding goals.

According to him, the allegations of bribery also affected his mother and led to her death, as some fans used to gather at her workplace to hoot at her.

"I hail from Akuapem, and I've lost both parents. The bribery claims by Asante Kotoko's management against me took a toll on my mother. She insisted on my innocence but succumbed to the stress of the ordeal," Ampeh said on Peace FM, as quoted by Ghanaweb.

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"We had won the home leg 1-0 but lost 3-1 away. It was Papa Camara's era; they were formidable. The rumours began in Guinea, escalated on the flight, and intensified upon our arrival in Ghana.

“The club's management was displeased with me, although I hadn't made any glaring mistakes to justify the fans' accusations."

Meanwhile, Ampeh also lined up for the Black Stars during his playing days and was named in the reserves of James Kwasi Appiah's all-time Ghana XI in his book Leaders Don't Have to Yell.

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