Russian, Ugandan charged with match-fixing at Makadara Law Courts
A Russian national and his Ugandan counterpart are among three people battling match-fixing charges at the Makadara Law courts in Nairobi.
Akhiad Kubeiv, the Russian, alongside a Ugandan namely Bernard Nabende plus Martin Munga, a Kenyan national, were slapped with the charges on March 13, 2023.
The charges read: “On diverse dates between February 3, 2023, and March 10, 2023, in Roysambu area within Kasarani sub-county of Nairobi county, jointly with others not before court conspired to commit a felony namely cheating, an act which is considered a match-fixing in a football game in any part of the world.”
They denied the charges before Principal Magistrate Eric Mûtûnga and were each released on a bond of Sh300,000 with two sureties of a similar amount.
The trio was arrested in Nairobi on the night of March 9, 2023, following an operation involving the Kenya Police, Nation Media Group journalists, plus footballers and the management of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premiuer League side Nairobi City Stars.
The suspects had allegedly promised City Stars players and management an Sh1.8 million ‘reward’ if they manipulated their league match against Sofapaka on March 10, 2023