Kenya bans 16 footballers and coaches over alleged match-fixing
After learning of suspicions of match-fixing in the national league, Kenya's football organization punished 14 players and two coaches.
Six players from Zoo Kericho FC, which was booted from the Kenyan Premier League in 2021 after being found guilty of match-fixing by FIFA's integrity unit, were among those suspended on Friday.
According to the Football Kenya Federation, one of those suspended was a player for Tusker, the current champions of the Kenyan Premiership.
In order to conduct a proper investigation, the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) announced that it has suspended individuals accused, including one player from the team currently winning the Kenyan Premiership, Tusker.
Football Kenya Federation issued a statement on its website claiming that it had "received private reports alleging the involvement of several players and officials in match rigging activities."
The federation has with immediate effect provisionally suspended these persons pending the results of the FIFA and FKF integrity department's investigations into the incident in an effort to safeguard the league's integrity.
During the suspension time, the organization recommended all FKF members to "avoid all sporting-related contact" with the suspended players and coaches.
Four Kenyan players were given lifetime bans by FIFA in February 2020 as a result of a "international conspiracy" to rig league games.
Later on, due to the same incident, five Kenyan referees were suspended.
After being suspended by FIFA in February 2022 over the alleged abuse of money and appointing a caretaker committee, Kenya returned to international football in November.
When Kenya's government interfered with matches in 2004, FIFA punished Kenya for three months. However, after Kenya agreed to create new statutes, the matter was resolved.
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