Match-fixing scandals should be eradicated


A referee holding a red card. FILE PHOTO | AFP

It's unfortunate that the local football scene is increasingly being infested by match-fixing scandals.

Despite various media reports, no permanent solution has been found to deal with this growing vice that is tainting the image of the beautiful game.

A number of football stakeholders such as club owners are, however, doing everything possible to end the vice.

In January this year, Football Kenya Federation suspended 14 players and two coaches for match-fixing after receiving a tip-off about cheating in the local leagues.

The match-fixing syndicate in Kenya is an intricate web that involves football players, referees and many other stakeholders. Who will save the Kenyan football scene from greedy agents?

Clubs have a responsibility to curb such incidents by ensuring they offer their players good salaries.

Hopefully, that will help nip the vice in the bud before it spreads its roots further.

On the other hand, the Government should impose criminal penalties, including possible jail terms for individuals caught match-fixing.

Kenyan football has been rocked by match-fixing in the recent past with tens of players and officials, including coaches punished by FIFA.

Our footballers must learn to believe in a good work ethic because this is the only path to scaling greater heights. There is no shortcut to success.

Kenyan soccer star, Michael Olunga, is a perfect example of persistence, hard work and discipline can yield fruits in the long run.

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