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Ashgold owner Champion avoids arrest after making part-payment to SSNIT

BY: Kweku Zurek
Ashgold owner Champion avoids arrest after making part-payment to SSNIT
Mr Kwaku Frimpong, the owner of Ghana Premier League side, Ashgold

Mr Kwaku Frimpong, the owner of Ghana Premier League side, Ashgold, and the club's CEO, Emmanuel Frimpong yesterday paid GHS10,000 to the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) Obuasi Branch as part payment of outstanding contributions for their players.

Mr Frimpong (alias Champion) had a bench warrant for his arrest after failing to respond to a Writ of Summons for non-compliance of payments to the trust but avoided arrest after making the payment and negotiating a payment plan to clear the debt.

The development follows a Graphic Sports report about the non-compliance of GPL clubs to the state pensions trust.

Non-payment of players' SSNIT contribution - Premier clubs risk demotion

Ashgold are among a host of Ghana Premier League clubs that risk being demoted to the lowest tier of Ghana football over their failures to meet their responsibilities to SSNIT, an infringement on the Club Licensing Regulations.

Background

According to the Compliance Officer (Nsawam Branch) of SSNIT and National Coordinator of SSNIT Footballer Registrations, Mr Joseph Nkoo, the bench warrant was issued after Champion refused to appear in court to address the non-compliance of the club.

"After declaring his debt for him, we went through the inspection process and served him a demand notice and served him a court summons but he refused to come to court.'

"In refusing to come to court, the court gave a bench warrant for the Obuasi Police to arrest him"