Sierra Leone FA to analyze 95-0 and 91-1 wins in second-tier matches
The Sierra Leone Soccer Affiliation (SLFA) is investigating the result of two matches that produced an unbelievable complete of 187 targets.
The 2 second-tier video games noticed Kenema-based Kahunla Rangers and Gulf FC of Kono closely defeat their metropolis rivals in Premier League qualifiers on Sunday.
Kahunla walloped Lumbebu United 95-0, and Gulf FC thrashed Koquima Lebanon 91-1, offering the 2 greatest victories recorded within the historical past of Sierra Leonean soccer.
Nevertheless, the half-time scores have been simply 2-0 and 7-1 respectively, and each outcomes have been annulled due to suspicion of match manipulation.
“We will not stand by and see an embarrassing state of affairs like this go unpunished,” SLFA president Thomas Daddy Brima instructed BBC Sport Africa.
“We’ll launch a right away investigation and convey to guide all these accountable for this mediocrity.
“All these discovered responsible can be handled in accordance with the SLFA legal guidelines, and also will be handed over to the nation’s anti-corruption fee.”
The chief government of Kahunla Rangers “strongly condemned unsportsmanlike behaviour” and Lumbebu’s normal supervisor stated he was “not conscious of any match manipulation”.
In the meantime, the chairman of Koquima Lebanon claimed the match involving his aspect was really a pleasant and officers from Gulf FC declined to remark.
The SLFA stated it will examine gamers and officers from all 4 golf equipment concerned, designated match officers and the Japanese Area Soccer Affiliation.
The organisation added it “maintains zero tolerance” in opposition to match manipulation within the West African nation, in compliance with the foundations of world governing physique Fifa and the Confederation of African Soccer (Caf).
Targets circulate after half-time
Each Kahunla and Gulf FC had the identical variety of factors going to their last spherical of matches and have been combating for Japanese Area’s remaining place within the nationwide Tremendous 10 League, which serves as the ultimate qualifying section for the Premier League.
The 2 video games happened concurrently and the referee of Gulf’s match refused to officiate the second half, and was subsequently changed.
Issues took a dramatic flip over the course of the second halves when it grew to become clear that the group with the higher aim distinction would undergo – with Kahunla netting 93 targets and Gulf scoring 84 instances.
The chief government officer of Kahunla, Eric Kaitell, condemned his group and the opposite three sides concerned on social media.
“I need to begin by apologising to the soccer followers within the nation and the world at massive for the odd match results of my membership Kahunla Rangers,” Kaitell stated.
“I need to state firmly that I strongly condemn such unsportsmanlike behaviour displayed by my group, and the opposite groups concerned.
“I am organising a committee to analyze the entire group together with the technical workers and the chief members, and whoever is discovered wanting can be handled accordingly.”
‘I will by no means be a part of match fixing’
The overall supervisor of Lumbebu, Mohamed Jan Saeid Jalloh, stood in as coach for his group for the match within the absence of their substantive coach.
His aspect additionally had three males despatched off of their 95-0 defeat, and he protested his innocence.
“I am not conscious of any match manipulation however cannot vouch for others,” Jalloh instructed BBC Sport Africa.
“We conceded numerous targets within the second half. I used to be pissed off and sooner or later even left the touchline in anger. I wasn’t concentrating afterwards, so I am unable to even inform what number of targets we conceded in all.
“I will by no means be a part of match fixing.
“I am calling on the soccer authorities to analyze each matches and convey to guide anybody discovered wanting. And if no one is discovered responsible of any crime then so be it.”
The chairman of Koquima Lebanon claimed the end result in opposition to Gulf FC was from a pleasant sport, and he additionally disputed the 91-1 scoreline.
Mohamed Lanfia Tunkara stated he had been instructed by his gamers and membership officers that the league match between the 2 golf equipment didn’t really happen.
As a substitute, it was an encounter between “gamers in the neighborhood, together with some Koquima gamers” which was held to “entertain followers who had purchased tickets to witness their match with Gulf FC”.