Ghanaian forward Kingsley Sarfo could be sentenced up to 6 months in prison in Sweden for driving a car without license. According to Swedish portal Fotbolltransfer, the Black Stars new player drove without license and have activated clauses in the Scandinavian country’s codes of driving to get him spend six months in jail for the alleged offence.
Sarfo has been included in Ghana’s 26-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda next month.
The ex-Sirius striker, who joined Malmo in the summer from Sirius, has admitted to the offence and is pleading for mercy.
“I made a mistake that I drove myself. I know it’s not okay and I will not do it again. I know it’s serious,” Sarfo admitted in trial proceedings. “I cannot say why I did, but I made a mistake. I learn from my mistakes,” he concluded.
However Malmo have jumped to the defence of their star midfielder with club Chairman Håkan Jeppsson revealing the Ghanaian thought his international driver’s licence could him to drive in Sweden and he says his club have no intentions of punishing Sarfo.
“We have of course taken this internally. Kingsley referred to an international driving license that he believed was eligible in Sweden. He has made a decision and promised that it will not happen again,” says Jeppsson.
“We have acted on the information that he believed was a mistake. Had it been conscious we would have acted differently. Now he has got a good stretch and promised that it will not happen again and then we have considered it taken out of the club’s side.”
The young midfielder earlier this week confirmed he had applied for nationality switch to enable him represent the European country but Ghana’s persistence had led to a change of mind with the West African country including him in their squad for their upcoming games in October.
If he goes to jail he’ll become the second Ghanaian player to go to jail in Sweden in recent times after former Heart of Lions midfielder Kwame Bonsu, who played for Gefle IF, was sentenced to 2 years for sexual abuse against his ex-wife.