Kenya : FIFA investigates match fixing allegation

This file photo taken on September 3, 2013 shows the logo of the Fifa (International Federation of Association Football) outside the organisation's headquarters in Zurich. Photo : AFP

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (ADV) – The world football governing body, FIFA, is conducting investigations into a match-fixing allegation against Kenyan players, sources said.

More precisely, FIFA has established a prima facea case against George Owino, a defender of Kenyan local side Harambee Stars for allegedly committing breaches of FIFA’s codes of ethics.

FIFA alleges that a notorious Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal, paid thousands of dollars to Owino and three unidentified others between June 2009 and March 2011 in order to throw away the Kenyan national team matches.

Owino, 37, is alleged to have potentially breached articles 13, 17, and 27 of the FIFA ethics code.

Besides confirming that FIFA was investigating the allegation, FIFA officials have refrained from providing more details, a statement said Friday.

If found guilty, Owino could be banned from participating in football activities and a fine slammed against him as it did to others recently.

In October last year, the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee banned former President of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi for life from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

Nyantakyi, who was found guilty of corruption and bribery issues, was fined Sh50 million by the chairman of the investigatory chamber Dr Cornel Borbely

In December, the chamber banned former President of the Gambia Football Federation Seedy Kinteh for four years from all football-related activities bribery and corruption issues.

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