Suspicious scorelines featuring 187 goals over 180 minutes in two matches in Sierra Leone with promotion to the First Division at stake.
Playing in sync, were Gulf FC vs Koquima Lebanon and Kahunla Rangers vs Lumbebu United, with Gulf and Kahunla leveled on points and needing to trust on ‘goal average’ to stamp whether they would be promoted to their Premier League from the Super10 Eastern Championship.
At half-time Gulf led 7-1 and Kahunla were only 2-0 up… until the second half, when, with both teams constantly aware of what their opponents were doing, a suspicious goalscoring urge erupted.
Gulf ended up beating Koquima 91-1 and Kahunla won 95-0 against Lumbebu… 187 goals in 180 minutes!
One of the referees left the match
The newspaper ‘Corriere dello Sport’, reports that the situation was so shameful, given the clear complicity of the two rivals in allowing themselves to be beaten, that even one of the referees ended up leaving the match.
Sierra Leone Football Association investigates match-fixing
The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) disallowed the two results and has opened an investigation into blatant match-fixing of these two matches.
“We can’t stand by and see an embarrassing situation like this go unpunished,” SLFA president Thomas Daddy Brima told BBC Sport Africa.
“We’re going to launch an immediate investigation and bring to book all those responsible for this mediocrity.
“All those found guilty will be dealt with in accordance with the SLFA laws, and will also be handed over to the country’s anti-corruption commission.”
— Sierra Leone Football Association (@SLFA_sl) July 4, 2022