FIFA warns Ghana over remit of new government commission


By Mark Baber
August 11 – After Ghana’s national humiliation during the World Cup, a Presidential Commission set up to investigate and subsequently take action has run into increasing trouble with FIFA over the perennial issue of government interference in football. FIFA’s second warning about the Commission’s terms of reference has led to a combative response from Commission members.

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Williamson switches from club to country in Kenya

Bobby Williamson

August 6 – Bobby Williamson (pictured) has been named as the new Kenya coach to take over from Adel Amrouche who was fired at the weekend along with his entire staff following the country’s elimination from the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers when they went down 1-0 on aggregate to Lesotho.

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Ghana investigation prompts FIFA warning on government meddling

Ghana player

July 24 – Ghana could be the latest African country to face being sanctioned by FIFA after the government announced a three-member commission to look into the activities of the national team. FIFA has written to the Ghana FA over moves to investigate the Black Stars’ poor performance on the pitch – and disputes off it – at the World Cup in Brazil.

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Sierra Leone suspends 15 players and officials in match-fixing scandal

Ibrhaim Kargbo

By Andrew Warshaw
July 17 – Sierra Leone is the latest country to be hit by a serious match-fixing scandal after national team captain Ibrahim Kargbo (pictured) was suspended along with 14 other players and officials. The country’s sports ministry and the Sierra Leone Football Association said the 15 are alleged to have tried to fix the outcome of a 0-0 draw against South Africa in a second round qualifier for the 2010 African Nations Cup.

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ICSS opens match fixing workshop programme in Africa


July 16- The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS), the Qatar-based sports integrity watchdog, has delivered the first in a series of match-fixing workshops to young players in Africa.

African players have become increasingly susceptible as victims of Asian-based gangs that deliberately target vulnerable lower-paid footballers.

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