LFA Launches Investigation into Alleged Games Match Fixing

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The grievance and disciplinary committee of the Liberia Football Association (LFA), has opened an investigation into outcomes of two matches of the Orange National First Division league over allegations of match fixing.

The Orange First Division league, the top domestic Liberian football competition reached it climaxing stage on Sunday, 30 May with defending champions LPRC Oilers retaining their crown following a commanding victory over Nimba FC on the final match-day.

Oilers axed relegated side Nimba FC 9-0 to finished first on the table with a point ahead of their main title contenders, LISCR.

Terry Sackor, the team’s top scorer in the just ended campaign singlehandedly scored 7 goals on the final match-day to increased his tally to 20.

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Sackor had 13 goals on the top scorers chart coming into the last match and was two goals behind Watanga’s talisman, Augustine Otu, who also had 15 goals to his credit before the final match-day drama.

Sackor scored all the four goals in the first 45 to give Oilers a quiet 4-0 first half win. The four goals put Sackor a goal ahead of Otu who also netted in a goal in the first part of their contest against Small Town at the SKD Practice Pitch, in Paynesville.

The respective first half performances between the duo even intensified the golden shoe race between them.

Sackor now had 17 goals while his closest contender for the golden boots, Otu, had 16 goals.

The LPRC Oilers point man scored another 3 goals in the last 15 minutes of the match from the 78th to the 90 plus 3 minutes of the stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Watanga finisher, Otu, punched in 6 goals in the last 6 minutes against the Logan Town boys at the SKD Practice Pitch totaling his goals to 7 as his side won 10-6.

This means Otu ended the season as the top scorer of the Orange National First Division League on 22 league goals beating Sackor to win the golden boots which worth a cash prize of half million Liberian Dollars (LD 500,000).

The seven goals each scored by the Otu and Sackor has been widely discussed amongst sports enthusiats with a lot alleging that there was a match fixing in the respective fixtures.

It is amid these widespread allegations that the LFA has decided to dig in and ascertain the facts in order to satisfy the sporting public.

In a statement on its official Facebook account on Monday, 31 May, the LFA said ‘it is not only concerned about the results, but the manner and form in which Terry Sackor and Augustine Otu, who are contenders for the highest goal scorers award, scored seven goals respectively.’

“The grievance and disciplinary committee is looking into the allegation in keeping with the rules governing the Orange national league (2020/2021 season).” The LFA has promised.

Though Nimba FC and Small Town struggled throughout the campaign which saw the two teams being demoted to the second division, but their final match-day performance was their poorest and worse defeats suffered this season.

Nimba FC finished second from the bottom (11-placed) on 8 points after managing to win only one game and 5 draws this season. They lost 16 games.

Small Town ended the season at the very bottom of the table log (12-placed).

The Logan Town side recorded two wins and a draw. They lost 19 games, the highest by a team this season.

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