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Harambee Stars players received KES 7M to lose World Cup qualifier match

23 February 2015, 12:28 Jayden Kanuri

Nairobi - An Al Jazeera investigative report has revealed how three Harambee Stars players and officials allegedly received a KES 7 million bribe to lose a world-cup qualifier march against Nigeria in 2009.

The report, titled Killing the Ball and broadcast last week, details how an international football broker, Raj Perumal approached the players and offered the bribe in exchange for losing the game to Nigeria’s Super Eagles side.

The Stars lost the march held on November 14, 2009 at Kasarani Sports centre 3-2, paving the way for Nigeria to qualify for the 2010 world cup in South Africa.

Perumal had arrived in Nairobi together with Manimaran Kalimuthu – who was reportedly carrying the money – and two others three days before the match and met the players at Safari Park Hotel.

A video recording in the expose has the voice of Perumaj saying: “I have two players...or three players in the Kenyan team and they will ensure Nigerians win on the day.”

Harambee Stars players for the day were Willis Ochieng’, Musa Otieno (now Harambee Stars assistant coach), Edgar Ochieng’, George Owino, Julius Owino, John Njoroge, Victor Wanyama, Peter Opiyo, Dennis Oliech, Patrick Oboya and Emmanuel Ake.

On the reserve bench were Wilson Oburu, Pascal Ochieng’, Joackins Atudo, Hillary Echesa, Patrick Osiako, John Barasa and Allan Wanga.

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