Fifa bans 3 Kenyans, one Ugandan over match-fixing

Wednesday February 05 2020

Fifa has banned four players of a football club in Kenya over match-fixing. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By David Kwalimwa

World football governing body, Fifa, has banned four players over match-fixing in Kenya.

Fifa (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) says that a number of matches in the 2019 Kenyan Premier League season were manipulated.

Kenyans Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for four years, while Ugandan George Mandela has been handed a lifetime ban from all football related activities.

The four players were at the time playing for Kakamega Homeboyz.

"The formal disciplinary proceedings against the aforementioned individuals stemmed from an investigation into various matches from the Kenyan Premier League in 2019," a statement from Fifa's Disciplinary Committee stated.

"I pity the affected players," added Homeboyz owner Cleophas Shimanyula, who was the whistle blower of this vice.


"They were lied to by the coaches who are the main culprits but have somehow been set free. Match fixing is happening in our league and our federation doesn't seem interested in investigating the vice. I have to thank Fifa for the efforts to have a clean game."

Shimanyula had also accused Ugandan coach Paul Nkata of being involved in match fixing.

Independent investigations by Nation Sport reveals that the said players received up to Sh150,000 to manipulate matches. The racket was commissioned by a Nairobi based man of Indian origin and most of the payments were done via mobile phones.

Fifa officials also found out that some of the players had been placing bets via their own mobile phones on matches they were competing in.

These announcements come barely a month after Wazito owner Ricardo Badoer claimed via social media that he had been informed by persons not known to him that his players have been fixing Kenyan Premier League matches this season.

Harambee Stars 4-1 defeat at the hands of Eritrea in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup semi-finals in Kampala last December is another result that has been viewed with suspicion.