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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FIFA extends deadline for Nigeria

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By Mark Baber
FIFA has extended the deadline for Nigeria to reinstate Aminu Maigari’s Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) board or face further sanctions from today (Tuesday, July 15) to Thursday July 17 in the light of a judicial strike which is delaying the resolution of matters in the Nigerian courts.

The extension was granted due to nationwide industrial action currently being taken by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria.

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FIFA issues warning to Botswana: comply or face expulsion

Ian Khama

By Mark Baber
June 19 – The long-running dispute over Botswana President Ian Khama’s (pictured) constituency football tournaments has reached a new level of seriousness as FIFA insist the issue of bringing the tournaments under the authority of the Botswana Football Association (BFA) must be resolved by September 22 or the BFA faces possible suspension from FIFA.

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