January 21, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Former Team Manager and goalkeeping coach of Dutch topflight league side Willem II, Frank Brugel, is unconvinced that former Leone Stars captain Ibrahim ‘Obreh’ Kargbo is guilty of recent match-fixing allegations levelled against him.
The former FK Baku midfielder continues to plead his innocence regarding the allegations which came up following a match during the 2009/2010 league season, saying he had always done his best for the club.
However, Brugel – who was Kargbo’s Team Manager by then – said he had always known the player to be a “tough guy” and always gave 100 for the team.
“He was someone who commanded respect in the locker room, on the field and a real leader. Off the field he is always working for his family,” Brugel told Dutch website, ad.nl.
He added: “He was a very social boy with a heart for the club, his team and his family. During his spell with us he conducted several charity matches for the people of Sierra Leone for whom Ibrahim felt responsible. I cannot remember him been tricky or sneaky, there were sometimes problems, but those were football technical issues and he could sometimes be a man and suddenly let go.”
The former Sierra Leone international who, during his spell in Holland won the Football for Peace Award because of his contribution towards the disadvantaged people in Sierra Leone, said: “I just want to say it never happened in my entire career, I have the same problem in Sierra Leone. It is never true. I’ve always had a clean slate and did my best.”