Kenya federation suspends three referees involved in match fixing scandal

Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya also confirmed that a committee has been formed to investigate - Samuel Langat, David Sagero and Elias Kuloba

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has slapped an indefinite suspension on three Kenyan referees who are in the centre of a match fixing scandal.

A statement from Kenya FA President Sam Nyamweya also confirmed that a committee has been formed to investigate the trio - Samuel Langat (centre referee), David Sagero and Elias Kuloba.

The committee comprises Robert Asembo, Elly Mukolwe, former rugby chairman Richard Omwela and Isaac Mwangi.

The statement from Nyamweya read in part, "Due to the ongoing investigations by the world football governing body Fifa on the match fixing issue, Kenya FA has with immediate effect suspended indefinitely the above named referees’ from all football related activities."

The decision to suspend the trio comes four days after the scandal claimed South Africa Football Association (Safa) President Kirsten Nemanthandani, who was sent on forced leave with other four officials.

In a game decided by three penalties, Samuel Langat a centre referee alongside countrymen David Sagero and Elias Kuloba were in charge of the friendly match between South Africa and Colombia in Johannesburg on May 27, 2010 won by Bafana Bafana 2-1.

Teko Modise and striker Katlego Mphela were the South African scorers and Giovanni Moreno converting his kick for non-qualifiers Colombia in a game that officially opened Soccer City, the venue of the World Cup final.

Referee Langat has already refuted the claims of fixing the match. “That game was not fixed and we officiated the match well since FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke was watching. I don’t know why these things are being said now,” Langat, a former Fifa referee, was quoted saying.

“The World Cup was two years ago and as far as I’m concerned we did nothing wrong.”