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Match fixing: How Harambee Stars were bribed to fix the Kenya vs Nigeria match in 2009

*If Perumal is punished, why are his Nigerian beneficiaries free?

An investigative piece on Aljazeera’s People and Power has detailed how international football frauds bribe players, referees and national federation officials to rig international qualifiers matches for money. This is called simply put, match fixing.

In the investigation piece shown on 19th February 2009, up to three Harambee Stars players were offered close to $100,000 to lose the match to Nigeria so that the West African nation would qualify for the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


The names and faces of the players who met the Singaporean behind the deal at Safari Park in November 2009, were blacked out. As usual with evil, it did not take time before the names and details of the scam was fully revealed to the Kenyan and global public.

The man behind the whole deal is mentioned as Wilson Raj Perumal who became a key suspect and later witness in FIFA’s clampdown on football corruption. He has spent a considerable amount of time in jail for his illegal football dealings.

In the piece, Perumal is said to have bribed key Mozambiquean officials and players up to $100,000 to beat Tunisia in the qualifying match so as to guarantee Nigeria a place in the 2010 World Cup. The Nigerian contact in the deal was one Prince Odira, the front for the officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

We have details of the roles of each of the Nigerian end to the match fixing allegations. Question is why are the Nigerian beneficiaries free and holding high football office today? This is part of the question we asked ab initio, necessitating why the affected folks had to spend N3million to down our website, the second in the series then. Now that we know we paid the price, it is better we reveal all we know for the good of the game tomorrow.

PROMO: Despite having the passion to succeed, corruption and mismanagement have turned Nigeria into one of the world’s biggest football’s failed state. www.gongnews.net having undertaken a four year investigation can reveal how Fifa worked very hard to bury the 2010 match-fixing scandal. Watch out for details from these pages. On Monday next week, we shall reveal Fifa mails to cover the match fixing allegations. It is a bumper. You cannot afford to miss it.

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