Kenya Suspends Five Match Officials For Alleged Manipulations

Football Kenya Federation has suspended five match officials on suspicion of manipulations of games.

The Federation confirmed the developments in a statement on their official website.

The suspended match officials include FIFA referee Raymond Onyango!

The other four are Samuel Mwaura, Isaac Memusi, Collins Opiyo and Japheth Juma.

Football Kenya Federation has confirmed that the suspension “take effect immediately.”

The Federation adds that the move is “a precautionary measure and 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.”

Match-fixing and manipulation has been a common vice in Kenya in recent memory and many have blamed the lack of stringent rules against the practices in the country.

Zoo FC, then in Kenyan Premier League club, were recently banned by Fifa after being found guilty of match manipulation.

Homeboyz players Moses Chikati, Festo Omukoto, Festus Okiring and George Mandela were also banned.

In 2019, former Kenya National team player George Owino was banned for 10 years by Fifa over match-fixing.



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