The Confederation of African Football (Caf) Referees Committee has confirmed a one-year banned for Nigerian referee Joseph Ogabor over “attempted match manipulation”.

According to CAF, the incident concerned a Confederation Cup match between Nigeria’s Plateau United and USM Alger of Algeria’s on 7 April in Lagos.

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

Plateau United was also “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 bribe,” the statement concluded.

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