Match-fix­ing: Gal­adima, Onig­binde, Ade­poju de­mand in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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Prom­i­nent foot­ball stake­hold­ers yes­ter­day de­scribed the re­cent claim by a con­victed Sin­ga­porean match­fixer that he as­sisted the coun­try to qual­ify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup as dis­turb­ing, and called for a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion to un­ravel the truth of the mat­ter.

Wil­son Raj Pe­mu­ral, a self-con­fessed match­fixer de­clared in a re­cent book pub­li­ca­tion that he “helped” the Su­per Ea­gles to get to South Africa.

A for­mer Nigeria Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NFA) Chair­man, Ibrahim Gal­adima, urged the NFA to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged match-fix­ing scan­dal.

Gal­adima said that such an in­ves­ti­ga­tion would help to as­cer­tain the ve­rac­ity of Pe­mu­ral’s al­le­ga­tions.

“It’s a dis­turb­ing de­vel­op­ment at a time when the Su­per Ea­gles are do­ing well in the in­ter­na­tional scene.

“Al­though one can’t dis­miss it, it is now a global is­sue and the people at the helm of af­fairs must find out the pos­si­bil­ity, a thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion must be car­ried out,” he said.

Also, a for­mer Su­per Ea­gles coach, Adeg­boye Onig­binde, said that it would be sad if the al­le­ga­tions were found to be true.

Onig­binde added that the is­sue should be look into ur­gently by the ap­pro­pri­ate bod­ies, not­ing that such a del­i­cate mat­ter could af­fect the team’s prepa­ra­tion for the up­com­ing World Cup in Brazil.

“If the al­le­ga­tions are true then it is an un­for­tu­nate news that Nigeria as a coun­try is in­volved in this.

“We don’t need a thing like this at a pe­riod we are pre­par­ing for the World Cup, a mere spec­u­la­tion can dis­tract the Su­per Ea­gles,” he said.

Mu­tiu Ade­poju, an ex-in­ter­na­tional, in his re­ac­tion said that match­fix­ing was a se­ri­ous of­fence that should be frowned at.

Ade­poju added that an in­ves­tiga­tive panel should be set up to get to the root of the mat­ter and pun­ish who­ever is found guilty. ( NAN)

PHOTO GOD­SWILL AYE­MOBA

Cus­toms player (11) Egbe H. driv­ers through he FCT Queens guard dur­ing the 10th Zenith Bank Na­tional Women Bas­ket­ball league in Abuja.

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