The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has found nine individuals and eight players/former players as well as one player agent – guilty of having been involved in match manipulation in violation of article 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (Unlawfully influencing match results).
According to the press release issued by FIFA on Wednesday April 14,2019, Sierra Leone Former Captain Ibrahim Obreh Kargbo and nine individuals have been sanctioned for match manipulation by FIFA.
The ban came through the formal disciplinary proceedings into the aforementioned individuals stemmed from an extensive investigation into various international matches that Mr Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting purposes. This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA over several years through its Integrity Department and in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and authorities.
The decisions were notified to the individuals concerned yesterday April 14, 2019, the date on which the relevant bans come into force.
Kargbo played for Old Edwardians F.C., Feyenoord Rotterdam, RWD Molenbeek, Sporting Charleroi, Malatyaspor, FC Brussels and Willem II. During his time at Willem II he was a key player. He played more than 100 matches for the Dutch side and then moved to FC Baku when his contract had expired. In August 2013, he joined his former team Brussels but decided to terminate his contract a month later.
On July 11, 2014, Kargbo went on trial with Swindon Town along with Elikem Amenku after his release from West Bromwich Albion, although he did not sign for the club. Instead, Kargbo signed for Atlético. He later played for Barkingside and Thamesmead Town, before signing for Welling United in February 2016.
After making 10 appearances for Welling in their unsuccessful attempt to stay in the National League, Kargbo signed for Dulwich Hamlet of the Isthmian League Premier Division ahead of the 2016−17 season, going on to make 45 appearances and scoring 3 goals in all competitions in his first season at the club.
In July 2014, Kargbo was among 15 players and officials suspended from international football, along with Ibrahim Koroma, Samuel Barlay and Christian Caulker over allegations of match-fixing relating to an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in 2008, against South Africa which ended 0–0.
Allegedly, he was also involved in match fixing during his time at Willem II, serving as the main contact for a gambling syndicate and selling them losses against AFC Ajax and Feyenoord; Kargbo has denied the allegations. His ban was lifted in 2015.
On February 15, 2016, however, the Royal Dutch Football Association reported it had found evidence of Kargbo being actively involved in match fixing, specifically in a match against FC Utrecht on 9 August 2009 (which Willem II lost 1–0). Kargbo is now banned from playing football in the Netherlands.
The following individuals have been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at both national and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for life:
Mr Karlon Murray, Trinidad and Tobago
Mr Keyeno Thomas, Trinidad and Tobago
Mr Hellings Mwakasungula, Malawi
Mr Ibrahim Kargbo, Sierra Leone
Mr Kudzanai Shaba, Zimbabwe
Mr Séïdath Tchomogo, Benin
Mr Leonel Duarte, Cuba
Mr Mohammad Salim Israfeel Kohistani, Afghanistan