Couple of days after FIFA pronounced a life ban on ex-Super Eagles coach, Samson Siasia for bribery and match fixing, Nigeria football community have been jolted again with another revelation, where notorious Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal claimed he fixed the Super Eagles’ 2010 World Cup qualifier against Kenya to help the Eagles qualify for the South Africa 2010 World Cup.
Perumal, who was jailed for two years for fixing and manipulating matches at international level, revealed in an interview with Al-Jazeera, how he tapped up some African national team players and their federations in fixing international friendlies and matches during South Africa 2010 world cup qualifiers through his company Football For You international.
Perumal said, “Zimbabwe was the first national team to fall under my spell. I promised to take care of the entire Warriors’ feeding, accommodation and traveling expenses while also guaranteeing them $50,000 per match in 2008, provided they play ball.”
The Singaporean in a lengthy detail, explained how him and partner, Manimaran Kalimuthu, met some officials of the Nigeria Federation Football at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, early 2009 to strike a deal ahead of the Super Eagles make-or-break 2010 final qualifier against Kenya.
“I got to meet officials of the Nigerian football federation through a Nigerian football agent, Odira Sylvester Ezeh. I had invited the national team before to Malaysia for the Intercontinental Cup.”
“I told them I’ll make sure I do everything to make Nigeria qualify for the World Cup in 2010, as I’ve got two to three players in the Kenyan team that are ready while my company will give Mozambique $100,000 for getting a positive result against Tunisia in Maputo.”
In exchange, he wanted his company to get the official mandate to organise pre-W/Cup friendlies for the Eagles.
Nigeria beat Kenya 3-2 in Nairobi, while Mozambique grabbed the three points off Tunisia with a shock win.
Documents in his possession had names of former NFF officials, like former Head, International Competition, Dr Muhammed Sanusi.
Though, Sanusi came out to vehemently deny knowing Perumal when Aljazeera reached out to him.
However, another revelation was the picture of Samson Siasia standing beside Perumal during the Eagles’ Intercontinental Cup tourney in Malaysia.