July 26 – Abu Bakarr Kabba, former administrative secretary of the Sierra Leone Football Association, is the latest African official to be sanctioned by FIFA for taking bribes as part of FIFA’s investigation into notorious matchfixer Wilson Raj Perumal.
Kabba has been banned for five years after being found guilty of “having accepted and received bribes in relation to the manipulation of international matches”
FIFA says its ethics process against Kabba was initiated on 11 July 2018 “and stem from an extensive investigation into various international matches (attempted to be) manipulated for betting purposes by Mr Wilson Raj Perumal.”
“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Kabba had breached art. 11 (Bribery) of the 2009 edition of the FIFA Code of Ethics, and banned him for five years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 50,000 has been imposed on Mr Kabba.
Kabba, nicknamed Sweet Kay, is no longer with the SFLA but is known to oppose the regime of Isha Johansen and has a long history of being suspected of wrongdoing.
A decade ago when he was with the federation he refuted reports that he could not account for $15,000 that mysteriously went missing from an U-20 trip to Malaysia.
The FIFA ban means he will no longer be able to continue in his role as 2nd vice-president of one Sierra Leone’s Premier League club, Central Parade Football Club (CPFC).
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