Willis Waliaula has been suspended as team manager of Sofapaka over match-fixing allegations during a SportPesa Premier League match against Western Stima in Narok last weekend.
According to a letter that was signed by the club’s Chief Executive Officer-cum-Secretary General Emmanuel Kayoyi dated October 22, Waliaula’s banishment stems from breaching clauses 1 (i) and 6 in the contractual agreement which includes defaming the club and talking to the media and third parties in matters which are deemed injurious to the team.
The suspension letter reads: “Please bear in mind that we are in receipt and are aware of your statement that you sent to the media as at yesterday (Monday) at 13.05 which stated as follows; “As long as they bring good offer on the table there is no problem.”
The correspondence was alleged to have by relayed to Stima by Waliaula ostensibly to “fix” the league match against Sofapaka in favour of the former who are battling relegation. Batoto ba Mungu ended up losing 3-1 before Kayoyi picked up the Facebook post alleged to have been sent by Waliaula, hence the disciplinary action.
Waliaula, who joined Sofapaka in March, 2017, is said to have been an accomplice in the first-match-fixing scam to have rocked the league this season. The other clause enshrined in the contract and which the embattled official is said to have breached reads: “If the Team Manager is found guilty of serious, persistent misconduct, he will be liable for suspension or dismissed forthwith.”
A disappointed Waliulahas has, however, refuted the claims and accused persons on social media of misrepresenting facts, saying the post was taken in the wrong context. “I’m traumatised by the decision since the management has not deduced any tangible evidence linking me with the alleged scam.
I’m still pondering on the next course of action after consulting widely and I will let you know,” Waliaula told People Sport yesterday. He added: “I was reacting to a post on Facebook post made by a friend of mine.
He had said that with GOtv ending their sponsorship for Shield Competition, Betway had showed interest in sponsoring the competition from next season and all I said was that they are welcome if they have a better offer.”