World soccer body, FIFA has banned three Kenya Premier League (KPL) players for four years over allegations of match-fixing.
The three players are Moses Chikati of Kakamega Homeboyz, Festus Okiring a former Kakamega Homeboyz player who is currently plying his trade for Ulinzi Stars and Festo Omukoto of Western Stima, also a former Kakamega Homeboyz player.
The three players were banned after being found guilty of having been involved in match manipulation, a violation of Article 69 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
FIFA issued a statement on Tuesday indicating the four-year ban for the players.
“The following individuals Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of four years,” read the statement.
Former Kakamega Homeboyz player George Mandela, of Ugandan descent, was also handed a life ban by the sporting body over match-fixing.
“In particular, given his central role in the conspiracy, the player George Mandela has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level. The formal disciplinary proceedings against the aforementioned individuals stemmed from an investigation into various matches from the Kenyan Premier league in 2019. This investigation was conducted by FIFA through its Integrity Department with the consent of and in co-operation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities,” read FIFA’s statement.
The match-fixing claims happened when Ugandan tactician Paul Nkata was the head coach of Kakamega Homeboyz. He was sacked by the club’s chairman Cleophas Shimanyula, alongside his assistant coach Hamza Kalanzi and player George Mandela.