FUFA suspends ten referees, player and two administrators over potential match fixing

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Referee Ali Kaddu (Photo/Courtesy)

David GOMBE

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has suspended 13 persons for 90 days from all football-related activities for potentially participating in match fixing activities.

Among the suspended individuals are ten match officials who are Ali Kaddu, Atuheirwe Joyce, Nabisera Tausi, Geoffrey Sajjabi, Noor Hassan, Muyaga Khalid, Okello Simon Peter, Atuhaire Dorcus, Ichilla Samuel and Nantantya Godwin.

Referee Ali Kaddu (Photo/Courtesy)

The Federation has also suspended former BUL FC Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Kongola and Epieru Richard.

Kiyemba Latif a football player is the other suspended by FUFA.

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According to the Investigatory Chamber of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Committee they received alerts indicating that several matches in the first round of the 2023/2024 football season had been targeted for manipulation for betting purposes by an organised criminal ring.

In accordance with Article 77(8) of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code 2023, official investigation proceedings were opened against the 13 persons.

Pursuant to Article 78 of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code 2023, Internal investigations into the matter commenced and the investigations have since revealed that a match-fixing syndicate based in South Africa was responsible for and financed the plot to manipulate the matches.

The operation on behalf of the match-fixing syndicate was led by one Hilfiger Mutyaba alias Chelsea and other local criminal elements.

Mutyaba is an ex-convict who was charged, convicted and sentenced in the Virgin Islands for financial-related crimes.

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Hilfiger Mutyaba

Hilfiger Mutyaba alias Chelsea and his accomplices recruited Referee Kaddu Ali who was tasked with approaching and recruiting club officials, players and referees on behalf of the match-fixers for purposes of involving them in the fixing of matches.

As part of this match-fixing scheme, the investigation has so far identified some of the matches that were targeted for manipulation by the match-fixing syndicate between October 2023 and December 2023.

The matches in question;

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1) Kigezi Homeboyz Vs Kyetume FC played on 12/10/2023

2) Kaaro Karungi FC Vs Calvary FC played on 12/10/2023

3) Rines SS WFC Vs Kawempe Muslim Ladies FC 15/10/2023

4) Asubo Gafford Ladies FC Vs She Maroons FC 15/10/2023

5) Jinja North United FC Vs Kyetume FC on 29/10/2023

6) Blacks Powers FC Vs Lugazi FC on 02/11/2023

7) Kyetume FC Vs Ndejje University FC 16/11/2023

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