FREETOWN, July 16 - Football authorities in Sierra Leone have
indefinitely suspended four national team players, including captain
Ibrahim Kargbo, three referees and eight other officials on allegations
Three of the players had been called up to play in Saturday's African Nations Cup qualifier against Seychelles in Freetown.
a press release jointly signed by sports minister Paul Kamara and
Sierra Leone Football Association president Isha Johansen, the 15 are
alleged to have been involved in fixing the outcome of a Nations Cup
qualifier against South Africa in 2008 which ended in a goalless draw.
release says the two institutions received "credible and tangible
information" on the alleged involvement of the group in match-fixing and
that the players will have nothing to do with the weekend fixture.
Kargbo had last season been playing club football in Belgium but was most recently on trial at Swindon Town in England.
other players implicated are defender Ibrahim Koroma, who plays at
Varbarg in Sweden; Samuel Barlay, who plays in Azerbaijan and goalkeeper
Christian Caulker who plays for local side FC Kallon.
suspended officials include football administrator, Rodney Michael who
was controversially disqualified from running for FA President in August
last year on allegations that he had links to a sports-betting company.
Michael said he was "in total shock" and referred to it as "a political interference into the running of football".
to Reuters from London, he called the suspension "a witch-hunt because I
am leading a crusade for the FA to hold its annual congress which is
stated in the constitution to (be held) not later than August this