Four ex Kakamega Homeboyz players slapped with match fixing bans

A section of Homeboyz players and technical bench officials, including former coach Paul Nkata had been accused of match fixing by the club last season after a spate of poor results.

Ugandan midfielder George Mandela has been handed a life ban by FIFA while Kenyans Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omukoto will each serve four year bans after they were found guilty of match manipulation by the world governing body.

“In particular, given his central role in the conspiracy, the player George Mandela, Uganda, has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life.”

“Moreover, the following individuals 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 (4) years.” FIFA said in a statement in Friday.

A section of Homeboyz players and technical bench officials, including former coach Paul Nkata had been accused of match fixing by the club last season after a spate of poor results.

“There were so many players who were involved but all in all we thank FIFA for doing their job and bringing justice. We had taken this case to FKF but they dismissed us and did not take any action which is rather very unfortunate,” Homeboyz chair Cleophas Shimanyula said.

He added; “I am happy that we have been vindicated but I am also sad for the players. A young player being banned for life is so unfortunate. Four years also is a long time and basically, that might be the end of their careers.”

Omukoto has just recently joined Western Stima in the January window while Okiring moved to Ulinzi Stars and is on his way to military training. Defender Chikati was still part of the team but had been limited in playing time since the case started.

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