Sierra Leone FA begins probe on matches that ended 95-0 and 91-1
The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA)has begun investigations on match officials who oversaw two second-tier league matches that ended in outrageous scorelines.
The match pitting Kahuna Rangers against Lumbebu United and that between Gulf FC and Koquima Lebanon ended in 95-0 and 91-1 scorelines respectively raising eyebrows across the globe.
The FA president Thomas Daddy Brima on Tuesday admitted that they had already started the investigations saying that the latest development had embarrassed the whole association and country.
“We can't stand by and see an embarrassing situation like this go unpunished.
“We're going to launch an immediate investigation and bring to book all those responsible for this mediocrity.
“All those found guilty will be dealt with in accordance with the SLFA laws, and will also be handed over to the country's Anti-Corruption Commission," he told BBC on Tuesday.
The second half of both matches was even crazy with the half-time scores being just 2-0 and 7-1 respectively.
The SLFA has said it will investigate players and officials from all four clubs involved, designated match officials and the Eastern Region Football Association.
Kahunla Rangers Chief Executive Officer, Eric Kaitell strongly condemned the actions of their opponents.
“I want to start by apologizing to the football fans in the country and the world at large for the odd match result of my club Kahunla Rangers.
“I want to state firmly that I strongly condemn such unsportsmanlike behavior displayed by my team, and the other teams involved.
"I’m setting up a Committee to investigate the whole team including technical staff and the executive members. Whosoever is found wanting will be dealt with accordingly,” Kaietell said.
Lumbebu’s General Manager, Mohamed Jan Saeid Jalloh on the other hand said that he was not aware of any manipulation from his side despite the heavy loss.
“We conceded lots of goals in the second half. I was frustrated and at some point even left the touchline in anger. I wasn't concentrating afterward, so I can't even tell how many goals we conceded in all.
“I'll never be part of match-fixing.
“I'm calling on the football authorities to investigate both matches and bring to book anyone found wanting. And if nobody is found guilty of any crime then so be it,” he said.