Kenya has suspended five top football referees alleged to have been involved in match manipulation.
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) CEO Barry Otieno named Raymond Onyango, Samuel Mwaura, Isaac Memusi, Collins Opiyo, and Japheth Juma as the latest victims of match-fixing in the local league.
FKF said the move is in the interest of safeguarding the integrity of its leagues and competitions.
“Moreover, the federation’s Integrity Department, with the assistance of Fifa, has initiated preliminary investigations against the said individuals, with a view of establishing their involvement, if any, in the said match manipulation practices,” read part of the statement assigned by CEO Otieno.
Otieno added, “Even so, the federation remains confident on the integrity of the FKF-PL and has with the assistance of Fifa established and consistently continues to up-date, its match manipulation detection platform, with a view of protecting and safeguarding the integrity of all its competitions, against global match-fixers.”
The suspension comes just two months after FIFA expelled top Kenyan football club Zoo Kericho from this season’s Premier League after being involved in match-fixing.
Also, in February 2020, FIFA suspended four Kenyan players for taking part in “an international conspiracy to fix league matches”. One of the four was banned for life.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.