Fifa are investigating a Kenyan footballer on allegations of match-fixing, including a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Tunisia.
The move by football’s world governing body follows a preliminary investigation into the roles of former Kenya international George Owino and convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal.
The famous 2010 Fifa World Cup qualifier between Kenya and Tunisia that was played on October 11th 2009, is among the matches suspected to have been fixed.
Owino is said to have earned millions between June 2009 and 2011 in a match-fixing scandal that the world football body is investigating at the moment.
Fifa is also said to be in possession of emails that are suspected to be exchanged between the player and Wilson Raj Perumal.
Owino appeared to make with Perumal whereby the Kenyan would be recruited by an unidentified football club in Australia to influence matches.
“The purpose I am gonna bring you there is for business,” Perumal purportedly wrote to Owino in an email dated 27 March 2010.
“But you are to remain loyal to me only… Salary each month 30,000 US. If I say loose (sic) u do as I say. Or else you wont see your salary. DEAL.”
Two days later, an apparent reply from Owino’s account stated: “Fine no problem cz even me a wnt a good life 4 my family so I will do as u say so. is there trials or is jst direct signin.”
The final part of the evidence presented in the Fifa report are emails said to be from Owino in which he admits receiving money from Perumal.
“Yes, thank u very much n may u b blessed,” one such e-mail reportedly stated.
Perumal, who was arrested for match manipulation offences in Finland in 2011, has revealed in the past that he has successfully infiltrated several African countries.
There are further claims that Perumal wanted unidentified games at the Nile Basin tournament in Egypt in January 2011 to be manipulated.