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.
Nonetheless, the half-time scores had been simply 2-0 and 7-1 respectively, and each outcomes have been annulled due to suspicion of match manipulation.
“We won’t stand by and see an embarrassing scenario like this go unpunished,” SLFA president Thomas Daddy Brima advised BBC Sport Africa.
“We will launch a right away investigation and produce to e-book all these liable for this mediocrity.
“All these discovered responsible shall 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 facet was really a pleasant and officers from Gulf FC declined to remark.
The SLFA stated it might examine gamers and officers from all 4 golf equipment concerned, designated match officers and the Jap Area Soccer Affiliation.
The organisation added it “maintains zero tolerance” towards match manipulation within the West African nation, in compliance with the principles of world governing physique Fifa and the Confederation of African Soccer (Caf).
Objectives circulation after half-time
Each Kahunla and Gulf FC had the identical variety of factors going to their last spherical of matches and had been preventing for Jap 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 befell 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 staff 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 staff and the opposite three sides concerned on social media.
“I wish 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 wish to state firmly that I strongly condemn such unsportsmanlike behaviour displayed by my staff, and the opposite groups concerned.
“I am organising a committee to analyze the entire staff together with the technical employees and the manager members, and whoever is discovered wanting shall be handled accordingly.”
‘I will by no means be a part of match fixing’
The final supervisor of Lumbebu, Mohamed Jan Saeid Jalloh, stood in as coach for his staff for the match within the absence of their substantive coach.
His facet 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 advised BBC Sport Africa.
“We conceded plenty of targets within the second half. I used to be pissed off and in some unspecified time in the future 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 produce to e-book anybody discovered wanting. And if no person is discovered responsible of any crime then so be it.”
The chairman of Koquima Lebanon claimed the end result towards Gulf FC was from a pleasant recreation, and he additionally disputed the 91-1 scoreline.
Mohamed Lanfia Tunkara stated he had been advised 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”.