The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has decided to investigate the astonishing results of two second-tier games held on Sunday and annulled both the outcomes due to possible match manipulation.
The two games witnessed Kenema-based Kahunla Rangers and Gulf FC of Kono defeating their opponents with inconceivable margins.
Kahunla crushed Lumbebu United 95-0, meanwhile, Gulf FC thrashed Koquima Lebanon 91-1, recording the biggest victories in the West African country’s football history. It is worth clarifying that we are talking about football and not basketball. Surprisingly, the half-time scores were just 2-0 and 7-1, respectively.
These meetings were decisive for the teams who were looking to grab second place, in order to qualify for the Sierra Leone Premier League. Quite logically, many voices were raised to react to these unusual results in football. Note that the two teams totaled 32 points on the clock, and that their chances of qualifying for the accession playoffs were going to be decided on goal average.
Faced with this situation, the Sierra Leone Football Association took the floor via a press release stating that “an official investigation has been opened into these matches”. The SLFA also wants to reassure fans that if there is match fixing, the parties will have to bear the consequences.