Former Captain of the Sierra Leone national team; Leone Stars and current Willem II midfielder; Ibrahim Obreh Kargbo has been accused as the main suspect in a recent match-fixing allegation in the Dutch Football Association, KNVB.
Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant reported that Kargbo who was a midfielder with Willem II made appointments in Tilburg cafes to discuss bribes and desired outcomes of games he played in.
The midfielder was said to have persuaded other players to work with him-though the paper did not name the other alleged names citing a lack of concrete evidence.
The paper further reported that the 32-year-old midfielder admits being approached by match-fixers and admits to having been in touch with a prominent gambling syndicate member during his time at Willem II but denies taking money to lose a match.
This is not the first time Kargbo’s name has been mentioned in match-fixing allegation as he was suspended last year by both the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and the country’s Sports Ministry for the same match-fixing allegations involving the Sierra Leone national team.
Meanwhile, the KNVB said in a statement it would do all it could to get to the bottom of the claims.
The paper says match-fixers from Singapore paid some €100,000 to players at Eredivisie side Willem II who were prepared to throw a match in the 2009/10 season. The paper focuses on two matches: Ajax-Willem II (4-0) in October 2009 and Feyenoord-Willem II (1-0) in December of that year.