Ibrahim Kargbo: Former Willem II defender confirms retirement


Former Willem II stalwart Ibrahim Obreh Kargbo has announced his retirement from International football few days after Kei Kamara announced he will indefinitely stepping away from the Sierra Leone national team.

Kargbo, 33, was part of the 15 players and officials suspended by the Sierra Leone football Association in July 2014, over allegations of match-fixing the outcome of 2008 African Nations Cup qualifier against South Africa which ended in a goalless draw.

“It is time to close this door and look after my family after a long career from a very young age,” Kargbo told www.footballsierraleone.net.

The centre-back cum defensive midfielder began an illustrious career local club Old Edwardians before leaving Sierra Leone to joined F.C. Feyenoord and has also had spells with Rotterdam, RWD Molenbeek, Sporting Charleroi, Malatyaspor, FC Brussels and Willem II.

He had a very successful stint during his time at Willem II he was a key player. He played more than 100 matches for the Dutch side.

The defender who recently left Atlético Clube de Portugal Kargbo has previously denied the accusation, telling International papers: “I’ve never received money, from anyone.”

Earlier this year FIFA spokesperson, while answering questions from Dutch medium denied an allegation that Kargbo is one of the players blacklisted by FIFA relating to match-fixing as alleged in some of the international media.

“The existence of such a list is not known to us. The recent accusation reported in the Dutch media first must be examined by the Dutch football authorities.” Dutch media, Brabants Dagblad reported

Contrary to report in De Volkskrant that Kargbo is one of the players who are on the blacklist to FIFA suspected cheaters.

According to the BBC the SLFA secretary General Christopher Kamara says the matter is no longer within the governing body’s control.

“I don’t have anything to say on this issue because we have set up an independent investigation committee headed by Rtd Major Paolo Conteh to investigate the match-fixing allegations,” Kamara told BBC Sport.

“The matter is in the hands of Conteh who had visited the Fifa headquarters on the issue. I can’t make any statement.”

Responding to the allegation few months ago – Kargbo’s former club Willem II has said they were “shocked and surprised” at the allegations. “We will naturally assist as much as possible with any eventual investigation in order to unearth the truth,” a club statement announced.

Kargbo has racked up more than 370 appearances scoring 6 goals; he succeeded Mohamed Kallon as the Leone Stars’ national team captain.

2011-12 seasons he won the Azerbaijan cup with FC Baku and has played 34 times for Sierra Leone and scored one goal.

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