Arguably one of the most talented midfielders to have ever risen from the Ghana Premier League, Winful Essau Cobbinah per reports coming in from Albania has been sentenced to four months in prison after being found guilty of “forgery of official documents.”
According to reports gathered by ghanasoccernet.com, the 29-year-old attacking midfielder received his sentencing on Tuesday at the Tiran Court in Albania after he was found guilty of forging his residence permit.
In light of this development, Cobbinha has however received a big relief for as the judge who presided over his case decided to translate his prison sentence to 100 hours of community service because the former Hearts of Oak starman was described as a person of exemplary conduct.
Speaking in court, the judge said, Winful Cobbinah “is not a threat to the society,” and this was due to his good conduct in the European country since his move from Hearts of Oak.
Consequently, Winful Cobbinha will be able to play for Albanian top-flight side FK Tirana – the club whose race to clinching the league title was partly orchestrated by Cobbinah’s tremendous performance last season.
Cobbinah’s case of forgery of his resident permit first begun when Albanian police authorities caught him in Rinas.
His situation was described by many as unnecessary considering the fact that he is legally entitled to a residence permit in Albania because he is legally and gainfully employed by one of the biggest clubs in the country.
His problems came to light last month when the country’s President Meta granted him an Albania passport within a record eight hours to enable him to qualify as an Albanian player.