Nigerian Referee Bags CAF One-year Ban For Match Manipulation

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Joseph Ogabor

The CAF Referees Committee has confirmed the recommendation of the CAF Disciplinary Board to ban Nigeria referee Joseph Ogabor from any official mission for one year over attempted match manipulation.
This happened in the CAF Confederation Cup round of 16 first leg between Plateau United (Nigeria) and USM Alger (Algeria) played on April 7 in Lagos.

The decision follows investigations conducted and evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the match, who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.

Also, Plateau United was cautioned to refrain from the practice of hospitality gifts which tend to create the wrong impression.

In a related development, the South African Football Association have been ordered to render an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after investigations proved there was no evidence of whatsoever of any official of the NFF regarding an allegation of US$30,000 (R365 000) bribe.

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