Ugandan international George Mandela has been slapped with life ban by Fifa for match fixing while three Kenyan players received a combined 12 years’ ban.
The four players who were attached to Kakamega Homeboyz in the Kenyan Premier League were by the Fifa Disciplinary Committee to have violated of article 69 par. 1 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code (2017) — unlawfully influencing match results.
Apart from Mandela, who fled Kenya after Kakamega Homeboyz raised the alarm on the “rampant match fixing” allegations by players and match officials, other players who were found capable are Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto, all from Kenya.
“Given his central role in the conspiracy, the player George Mandela, Uganda, has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life,” Fifa said in a statement.
“Moreover, the following individuals (Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto) have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four (4) years each.
However, there was no mention of Ugandan tactician Paul Nkata under whose reign the rot took place.
Homeboyz owner Cleophas Shimanyula had accused Nkata of the entertaining the vice.
Just like Mandela, Nkata also fled Kenya after police launched a manhunt of the duo who were said had been working with a fixer to manipulate the outcome of games in 2019
“The formal disciplinary proceedings against the aforementioned individuals stemmed from an investigation into various matches in the Kenyan Premier League in 2019,” added Fifa.
This investigation was conducted by Fifa through its Integrity Department with the consent of and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.
The findings of the relevant decisions were notified to the concerned individuals today, the date on which the relevant bans come into force.