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Leone Stars duo reacts to match-fixing decision

March 19, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.

Former Leone Stars skipper, Ibrahim ‘Obreh’ Kargbo and goalkeeper Christian Caulker have both reacted to the Sports Ministry’s and Sierra Leone National Sports Council’s (NSC) decision to lift their ban on match-fixing allegations.

The Sports Ministry and the NSC, in a press statement issued on Tuesday March 10, 2015, announced the lifting of the suspension slammed on four players and 11 officials “to ensure that the planned April 17-19 SLFA congress is devoid of any conditionality”.

However, Kargbo and Caulker were unimpressed with the decision, stating that their reputation has already been damaged by both the Sports Ministry and the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) “with the false allegations”.

According to Kargbo, the “false allegation” has cost him direly, noting that he had missed out on two major deals to play in one of Europe’s topflight leagues.

He said: “Since their false allegation, I have missed the chance to play for clubs in England and other topflight leagues across the world. But I will not let this go because I am going to fight to the last drop of my blood or my last cent to prove my innocence. I’ll also take [legal] action against those who have dragged my name in the pool.”

Kargbo has vowed to take legal action against officials of the SLFA and “all those that have accused me of match-fixing”.

For Caulker, he said: “I am innocent of all the allegations. I only know it is a matter of time the truth will always prevail over falsehood and evil.”

Kargbo and Caulker are two of four players, including Ibrahim Koroma and Samuel Barlay, who were accused of match-fixing alongside 11 football officials.

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