Crucial integrity workshop equips FC Talanta players to tackle match-fixing threats

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FOOTBALL Crucial integrity workshop equips FC Talanta players to tackle match-fixing threats

Festus Chuma 18:47 - 21.12.2023

Talanta FC players and staff attended an FKF-organized workshop to combat match-fixing, vowing to protect the integrity of Kenyan football.

Football Kenya Federation Premier League side Talanta FC players and members of the technical bench gathered on Wednesday at Kasarani Stadion Hotel for a crucial integrity workshop.

The workshop, conducted by Football Kenya Federation's Integrity Officer, Mike Kamure, centered on the pressing issue of match-fixing in football.

According to a statement released by the federation, in his opening address, Kamure stressed the gravity of the situation, saying, "Unscrupulous syndicates are consistently seeking ways to infiltrate our game and coerce players or officials into manipulating matches. We must remain vigilant against the dangers of match-fixing."

The former Ligi Dogo coach cited global instances where players and referees have been lured into match-fixing through bribery, highlighting the substantial sums of money involved.

"The allure of quick cash is often exploited by fixers, making it tempting for unsuspecting players. However, we must safeguard the ethical integrity of our beloved sport," he emphasized.

The workshop went on to delve deeply into the various techniques employed by match-fixers to approach players, such as building friendships and exploiting players’ financial needs.

Players received guidance on identifying warning signs of fixers’ approaches and how to firmly resist any advances.

One of the key aspects highlighted during the workshop was the importance of reporting any suspicious activities promptly.

The team was sensitized on the strong reporting protocols available to them in the instance they possibly face match-fixing approaches.

Recognizing the significance of this workshop, Talanta FC’s head coach, Ken Kenyatta, acknowledged that there was now a heightened awareness of how match-fixing jeopardizes the game and how players are better equipped to reject fixers.

He also made a solemn pledge to remain vigilant against any approaches directed at the team.

In a united front against match-fixing, the Football Kenya Federation has plans to implement extensive match-fixing education across all Kenyan clubs and match officials as a crucial measure to curb match-fixing in sport. 

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