Kiyovu expels goalie, suspends three
SC KIYOVU has expelled their goal keeper Andre Mpazimpaka over alleged match fixing following their 3-0 defeat to Mukura last weekend.
Burundian pair of Yussuf Munyakazi, Christian Mbirizi and Ugandan defender Othieno Deogratius have been suspended due to indiscipline and related match fixing allegations as well.
The club president Jean Pierre Kayumba told Times Sport yesterday, “Mpazimpaka was reported by fellow players to have gotten money from Mukura to throw away the match against Mukura. We have no proof pointing at Mukura dishing out the money or Mpazimpaka taking the bribe but going by fellow players’ confession, we found it suitable to sack him,”
“Mpazimaka was reported confiding in fellow goalkeeper Evaritse Mutuyimana to give Mukura a goal as it was reported by the latter. Mukura was also reported convincing some of our players to give them victory and though we don’t have tangible facts, we have taken a decided to take disciplinary actions to curb the vice,” added Kayumba.
However, Mukura refuted the allegation when contacted yesterday. Mukura Secretary General Emmanuel Ntakirutimana said, “Those reports are not true. We believe in winning, losing and drawing. We have had poor results in the past but that doesn’t mean that we can’t improve,”
“In all matches we have played against Musanze and SC Kiyovu, we displayed good football and we deserved to win. So those match fixing allegations are baseless,” added Ntakirutimana.
The reports come a few days after another Turbo King football lague club Musanze sacked head coach Barak Hussein, his assistant coach Nshimiyimana Maurice and team captain Hitimana Omar after being accused of sharing bribes with the players prior to their match against Mukura.
Close observers of the developments in Rwandan Football insist that corruption is a new problem that is likely to become an issue for Ferwafa if match-fixing no measures are taken.
In 2012, former Rayon Sports and Amavubi coach Jean Marie Ntangwabira was suspended for two years after confessing that, he was involved in similar acts.