(Xinhua) -- Former Harambee
Stars player George Owino is among nine people who have
been handed long bans by world football governing body
FIFA after they were found guilty of match fixing.
Owino has been fined 1.5 million shillings (15,000 U.S.
dollars) and will sit in the cold for 10 years.
"The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has found nine
individuals - eight players/former players as well as
one players’ agent - guilty of having been involved in
match manipulation in violation of the FIFA Disciplinary
Code," said FIFA in a statement on Wednesday.
Owino together with the other eight victims have been
banned from taking part in any kind of football-related
activity at both national and international level for
Alongside Owino, the others banned are Karlon Murray
(Trinidad and Tobago), Keyeno Thomas (Trinidad and
Tobago), Hellings Mwakasungula (Malawi), Ibrahim Kargbo
(Sierra Leone), Kudzanai Shaba (Zimbabwe), Seidath
Tchomogo (Benin), Leonel Duarte (Cuba), and Mohammad
Salim Kohistani of Afghanistan.
The formal disciplinary proceedings into the
aforementioned individuals stemmed from an extensive
investigation into various international matches that
Wilson Raj Perumal attempted to manipulate for betting
This large-scale investigation was conducted by FIFA
over several years through its Integrity Department and
in cooperation with the relevant stakeholders and
The decisions were notified to the individuals
FIFA had accused the Harambee Stars defender of
masterminding match manipulation with one "high-profile
international match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal," between
2009 and 2011.
From the report, FIFA cited 14 matches which Owino
featured in and which they were investigating.