KARGBO … another match-fixing allegation
January 20, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Former captain of the Sierra Leone national team, Leone Stars and Willem II midfielder, Ibrahim ‘Obreh’ Kargbo, has been accused as the main suspect in a recent match-fixing allegation in the Dutch Football League.
Dutch newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ reported that Kargbo, who was a midfielder with Willem II in Holland, made appointments in Tilburg cafes to discuss the bribes and the desired results.
The player was said to have persuaded other footballers to work with him, though the paper did not name names, thus citing a lack of concrete evidence.
The paper further reported that the 32-year-old admitted being approached by match-fixers and also admitted to having been in touch with a prominent gambling syndicate member during his time at Willem II, but denied taking money to lose a match.
“It is rude not to answer emails but I swear on my children that I have never met him,” the paper quoted Kargbo as saying.
This is not the first time Kargbo’s name has been mentioned in match-fixing allegations as he was suspended last year by both the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and the country’s Sports Ministry due to similar allegations that he was involved in match-fixing with the Sierra Leone national team.
Meanwhile, the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has said in a statement that it would do all it could to get to the bottom of the allegations.
The paper alleges that match-fixers from Singapore paid some €100,000 to players at Eredivisie side Willem II who were prepared to throw a match in the 2009/10 season. The paper focuses on two matches: Ajax vs. Willem II (4-0) in October 2009, and Feyenoord vs. Willem II (1-0) in December that year.