By Robert Kayindi James
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday, 20th December grilled the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) president, Eng. Moses Magogo on allegations of match fixing.
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According to a police letter dated December 15th and signed by the Director Criminal Investigations Catherine Kusemererwa, the local football governing body boss was summoned to the CID Headquarters in Kibuli to assist in investigations in a case of alleged match fixing and pre-determination of match results.
Magogo obliged as required by the summon and reported to the CID offices yesterday. However, the details of the matter remain unknown pending further investigation.
Nonetheless, speculations from sources inside the Uganda Police indicated that the investigations are in regard to a match involving the national football team, the Uganda Cranes during the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers campaign.
The investigations come at a time when local football has been hit with the same vice that saw a couple of players have their contracts terminated and others suspended at their respective clubs.
Four-time league champions Uganda Revenue Authority Football Club (URA FC) suspended former captain Oscar Agaba and defender Fahad Kawooya while Police FC terminated the contracts of defenders Sadat Kyambadde and Godfrey Kateregga over the same matter.
Similar cases were also reported at SC Villa towards the end of last season.
Match fixing is a crime punishable by law and can attract bans from football if anyone is convicted as the case was with coach Sam Ssimbwa last season before his contract was terminated at the Uganda Premier League reigning champions KCCA FC.