CAF Hammers Ref Ogabor for Attempted Match Manipulation

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The CAF Referees Committee at the weekend banned Nigerian referee, Joseph Ogabor for one year.

According to a media release by the confederation, the CAF Referees Committee confirmed the recommendation of the CAF Disciplinary Board to ban the Nigerian referee from any official mission for one year for attempted match manipulation with respect to the CAF Confederation Cup playoff earlier in April.

The match involved Plateau United of Nigeria)  and USM Alger of Algeria. It was played at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on April 7.

According to the release, the decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the said match, who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.

Also, Plateau United FC was cautioned to refrain from the practice of hospitality gifts which tend to create wrong impression.

In a related development, the South African Football Association (SAFA) has been ordered to render an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after investigations proved there was no evidence of whatsoever of any official of the NFF regarding an allegation of US$30,000 bribe.