List of African players banned by FIFA for match-fixing
On Thursday, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) banned officials and players who have been involved in match-fixing with former Harambee Stars defender George Owino being amongst those who were found culpable.
Apart from Owino, FIFA banned former Sierra Leone captain Ibrahim Kargbo, former Benin international Seidath Tchomogo and Hellings Mwakasungula of Malawi.
In a statement, FIFA said the bans related to attempted match manipulation of international games though the world governing body refused to give the details of the matches in question; the ban also affecting players’ agent from Zimbabwe, Kudzanai Shaba.
Kargbo, who represented Sierra Leone from 2000-2013, has previously been accused of match-fixing by the football associations of Sierra Leone and the Netherlands, where he played for Willem II in 2009, but has denied the charges on both occasions.
Tchomogo represented Benin at three different Africa Cup of Nations tournaments - in 2004, 2008 and 2010 - but there is no suggestion that any games at these events were subject to attempted manipulation.
Owino, who played for Kenya between 2008-2015, denied wrongdoing when FIFA announced in February that it wanted a full investigation into allegations that several Kenya internationals were fixed.
In addition to the African quartet, FIFA also handed out life bans to former players from Afghanistan, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago.