The Sierra Leone’s skipper against DRC Leopards, Sheriff Suma has revealed a blow-by-blow account of an attempt made by a match fixer for his side to throw the game against Congo Democratic Republic.
Sheriff Suma who captained the side in Abidjan and on the day of the final crucial encounter against the Congolese alleged that he was approached by unknown official from the DR Congo Football Federation to throw the game which will ensure that the Leopards qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DRC finished on third position with 9 points, after defeating ten-men Sierra Leone 3-1 at the Tata Raphael stadium and went on to qualify as best losers.
The Former Ravan Baku wing-back told Football Sierra Leone UK. “I was approached by an unknown official from DR Congo FA, who asked about the possibilities of allowing them defeat us 5-0 because he knew we will not qualify.
“My reply was, We’re here to play football and we are not here to lose any game no matter what we going through.
“Playing for our pride and he shook my hand and said captain I love your attitude and dignity,” Suma explained.
Suma 28 who is known for his blistering pace and dribbling ability while in possession of the ball with his dangerous left-foot, also confirmed that he immediately informed the Sierra Leone Football officials in DR Congo.
“I immediately informed our officials and team manager, Abubakarr Kamara a member of the Sierra Leone Football Association even took a photo of him, and his security started fighting ABK saying he shouldn’t have taken his boss photo.
“I’m going to write an official complaint to the SLFA and Sports Ministry,” He concluded.
However, this is not the first time Sierra Leone football been hit by match-fixing, it could be recalled that jointly the Sports Ministry and the Football FA suspended national football team captain Ibrahim Kargbo alongside 14 others.
Players and officials accused of match-fixing in a World Cup qualifier.
The sports ministry and Sierra Leone Football Association said the 15 are alleged to have fixed the outcome of a 0-0 draw against South Africa in the second round of regional qualifiers for the 2010 tournament.
They said in a joint statement they had received “credible and tangible information” on the alleged involvement of the group in “this unsporting and unpatriotic exercise” during the 2008 fixture.
Meanwhile, the DR Congo Football Federation were unavailable to comment.
FSL UK efforts to get further reaction from them via email firstname.lastname@example.org unsuccessful.