Investigations have been launched into the allegations of match-fixing that have rocked the National Super League (NSL) in recent days.
This follows revelations that some teams in the NSL have been engaging in match-fixing in order to secure promotion to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) via the playoffs, while others have been getting money to sustain their players during these hard economic times.
According to our sources, some of the teams facing relegation have turned to match-fixing after being assured by the FKF Leagues and Competition Committee that no team will be relegated from the NSL this season.
This has left them with nothing to fight for, and they see match-fixing as an easy way to make money.
The teams that are hopeful of making it to the NSL/KPL playoffs are said to be benefiting from the match-fixing scandal, as they are now facing relegation-threatened teams that are more than willing to lose in exchange for money.
This has led to a predictable pattern of results, which has forced most betting sites to remove NSL matches from their platforms.
The allegations of match-fixing have sparked outrage among football fans and stakeholders, with many calling for swift action to be taken to restore the integrity of the NSL.
Some fans have also taken to social media to express their frustration with the situation, with many calling for the FKF to take more proactive measures to prevent such scandals from happening in the future.
One fan, who spoke to us on condition of anonymity, said, “This is a very sad situation for Kenyan football. Match-fixing is a cancer that can destroy the game, and we need to do everything possible to ensure that it is eradicated. The FKF needs to take decisive action to root out this problem once and for all.”
The match-fixing scandal is the latest in a series of challenges that have faced Kenyan football in recent years. In 2019, Kenya was banned by FIFA from participating in any international football matches due to government interference in the running of the sport.
The ban was lifted in 2022 after the government agreed to implement reforms to ensure that the FKF was run independently and transparently.
However, the recent allegations of match-fixing threaten to undermine the progress that has been made in recent years and could lead to further sanctions from FIFA.