Saturday Dec 19, 2020. 09:00
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled in favour of Benjamin Acheampong in his case against his former club Zamalek.
The Egyptian giants are now set to pay $1.2 million to the Ghanaian striker, 30, with CAS having doubled the figure from $400,000 to $1.2 million following a long winding legal tussle.
Acheampong joined Zamalek back in 2017 but he struggled for game time and his contract was terminated by Zamalek, who then refused to pay him $400,000.
The former Asante Kotoko player thanked the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG) and International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPRO), who represented him at CAS.
“I have been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Acheampong said on Ghana Web.
“The last 2.5 years have not been easy. I have been called a troublemaker and worse, just because I stood up for my rights.
“Many false stories were reported in the media and I always kept quiet as I was confident the truth would come out,” he continued.
“The highest Court in football has now finally recognized that I was right all along and that Zamalek’s actions were unacceptable.
“I want to focus on continuing my career now, still being motivated and fit to play professional football. I want to thank the PFAG and FIFPRO for their unconditioned support; without them,” he added.
“I would have never been able to pursue this matter.”