By Simon Abaho
Local football governing body, FUFA has banned two Ugandan club officials for a total of 25 years from participating in any football related activities after being found guilty of involvement in match fixing.
In decisions announced on Wednesday, the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Committee banned Police FC marketing and Chief Executive Officer, Abraham Luzzi from taking part in any football related football activity for 10 years when he breached Articles 27, 31 and 44 of the FUFA Ethics and Disciplinary Code related to the manipulation of football matches and competitions, failure to report and breach of general duties of conduct.
“Mr. Luzzi was found guilty for approaching a player to influence and manipulate the result of the Uganda Cup match between Five Stars FC and Tooro United FC,”FUFA said in a statement.
In a game played in January at the Works Playground in Entebbe, Tooro United eliminated fourth division team, Five Stars FC 8-7 on penalties after the game had ended in a barren draw in normal time of the round of 64 in the Uganda Cup.
According to FUFA Luzzi was involved in fixing this game.
In the same vein, the local football governing body also banned one James Kaweesa for 15 years without getting near any football related activities both local and international for being involved in fixing the Uganda Cup round of 64 match between Five Stars FC and Tooro United.
He is accused, just like Luzzi of approaching a player to influence the said game.
In a shocking decision, sports journalist, David Isabirye was also banned from taking part in any football related activities for two years over the same scandal.
According to FUFA, Isabirye is accused of failure to report the incident of match fixing in the same game that he covered in his capacity as a journalist.
“Isabirye also failed to provide valid and acceptable evidence to show that he had fulfilled his duty to report the illegal conduct,” FUFA said.
However, it is expected that the officials and the journalist will appeal the decision of the local football governing body.