FIFA bans players over match-fixing

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World governing body FIFA on Tuesday confirmed they have banned 3 Kenyan players for a period of 4 years and a Ugandan from all football activities for allegedly being involved in match-fixing.

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee said it had found the players guilty of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of the FIFA Disciplinary Code in unlawfully influencing match results.

“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,” read the statement from FIFA.

“In particular, 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,” the statement added.

The world football governing body added that it took the disciplinary action against the 4 players after its investigation into various matches from the Kenyan Premier League in 2019 while playing for Kenyan club Kakamega Homeboyz.

By Ofhani Munyai

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