Nigerian referee Joseph Ogabor has been banned by the Confederation of African Football, CAF for a period of one year for attempted match fixing.
Joseph Ogabor was banned following an attempt to manipulate the CAF Confederation Cup 1/16th round first leg game between Plateau United and USM Alger in Lagos on 7 April 2018 in Lagos.
The decision follows a recommendation by the CAF Disciplinary Board after investigation and review of evidence submitted by the South African match officials of the said match, who were contacted by Ogabor to provide “technical assistance” to the Nigerian team.
Plateau United also have received a warning to abstain from offering ‘hospitality gifts’ to match officials which tend to create a wrong impression.
Plateau United won the game in Lagos 2-1 but will get knocked out of the competition 5-2 on aggregate after losing 4-0 in the second leg in Algiers.
In a related development, the South African Football Association have been ordered to render an apology to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after investigations proved there was no evidence whatsoever of any official of the NFF regarding an allegation of US$30,000 bribe.