Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has assured stakeholders that all steps have been made to ensure the integrity of all its competitions.
In a statement released after three people were caught trying to manipulate Saturday’s league match between Nairobi City Stars and Sofapaka, the federation said it has put in place measures to ensure these. “We want to reassure all our stakeholders that measures have been put in place to guarantee the integrity of all our tournaments,” said FKF CEO Barry Otieno.
He thanked the police and a section of all players for assisting in the detention and arrest of the alleged manipulators. “We are working closely with law enforcers and all agents in the prosecution of all those involved.”
On Friday night, three people a Kenyan, Russian, and Ugandan were arrested in Roysambu while allegedly trying to fix the Nairobi City Stars vs Sofapaka match that will be played today at the Ruaraka Grounds.
According to the plan, City Stars were to concede a goal in the first ten minutes. Then concede another goal in the 80th minute of the game but unknown to them, they had been set up and were arrested immediately after meeting eight City Stars players and an official.
The three are Russian Akhiad Kubiev, Ugandan Bernard Navendi, and Kenyan Martin Munga Mutua. After their arrest, they bragged to the police that they are well connected and would stay behind bars for a long before attempting to bribe the officers with Sh1 million.
The players were to get Kes. 1.8 million ($14,000) if the deal went through. They were to first receive Kes. 30, 000 each through Mpesa as transport to the match venue.
They admitted to having infiltrated several local clubs.