UGANDA CRANES: Moses Magogo to be grilled by Police over match-fixing

UGANDA CRANES: Moses Magogo to be grilled by Police over match-fixing

Local football governing bodby, Fufa boss, Moses Magogo, has been summoned to help the police with an investigation into match-fixing at a national and league level.

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A police letter requesting that the football association president’s come in for questioning was circulating on social media.

Mr Magogo opted to hand over investigations into alleged match-fixing to the police after an outcry when the national team lost a game to Guinea last year.

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Earlier this year the Fufa’s accounts were frozen as investigations continued.

“I told the Fufa officials to write to me a letter that I can act upon and follow up the matter, but nothing has gotten to my desk yet,” State Minister for Sports, Charles Bakkabulindi said on Monday morning.

Last Friday the Uganda Financial Intelligence Authority (UFIA) disclosed that they have frozen some Fufa accounts as investigations over their financial operations continue.

Sydney Asubo, the UFIA executive director in an interview with URN said if the FA fails to act and rectify certain things, then the authority will act tough after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) where Uganda will be participating. Last October the same body froze the FA accounts as they investigated allegations of money laundering.

And Asubo insisted that investigations have continued since last year in relation to a number of issues. He said last year they re-opened the FA accounts because they did not want to disorganise the entire operations.

Insiders say because of the frozen accounts the FA is struggling to pay the agents fees who have arranged for international build-up games against Gabon, Tunisia, Libya, Slovakia and African Champions Ivory Coast. The Cranes are expected to use the build-up game to prepare for the 2017 Afcon.

Magogo who is in Djibouti to attend a FIFA seminar has requested for the unfreezing of the accounts so that their operations can continue normally. Last week he said Fufa issued a cheque to the Uganda Revenue Authority to pay taxes for the Afcon qualifier match between Uganda Cranes and Comoros and it bounced because of the frozen account.

And players from the top premier league side Police Football Club were sacked for match-fixing two weeks ago.

Former Uganda international defender Godfrey Kateregga and Saddat Kyambadde were fired by club’s chairman Assan Kasingye, who is the Assistant Inspector General of Police and Director of INTERPOL and International Relations in Uganda.

Relatedly, The World Football body, FIFA has sanctioned Uganda for an incident during a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Togo.

In a circular released on Monday, by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA)’s Disciplinary Committee said Ugandan fans were seated in an improper place during the game at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on November 15, 2015.

Fufa has received a warning and has been asked to pay a fine of UGX17,502, 155 (5,000 Swiss Francs). Humphrey Mandu, the Fufa deputy CEO said they are yet to receive the communication.

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