Kenyan Premier League: Mathare United Suspends Two Players Over Match-Fixing Allegations
Kenyan Premier League side Mathare United has suspended two players over a messy match-fixing scandal that has rocked the club.
Veteran midfielder Alphonse Ndonye and key central defender Lennox Ogutu have been suspended until the club is done with investigations.
The duo is alleged to have attempted to try and pay their teammates, who allegedly revealed the plot to the club officials who set up a trap to expose the incident.
“ Mathare United makes the following statement in regards to match-fixing among two of the club’s players,” reads the statement.
“Sincerely believing our players and team were far better than the results for most of our matches so far this year, MUFC management launched discrete investigations and then shared our findings and concerns with FKF.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“Late Monday afternoon, that led to the immediate suspension by our club and by FKF of two key MUFC players for suspected match-fixing: our veteran midfielder Alphonse Ndonye and key central defender Lennox Ogutu.[/perfectpullquote]
“The club will issue another statement after those further investigations are completed.”
Match-fixing scandals have hit Kenya football for a long with some allegations rocking even the lower league teams.
Last month, Football Kenya Federation provisionally suspended 15 players and coaches over allegations of match-fixing.
Kenya’s football governing body said the decision to suspend the individuals was taken to safeguard the integrity of the sport.
Hamidu Kwizera Lucas, Vincent Misikhu, John Ligare, Geoffrey Gichana, Daniel Kiptoo and Brian Lumumba all from Zoo Kericho FC were some of the players who were suspended.
Mathare United are currently at the bottom of Kenyan Premier League table with 4 points from 11 matches.