Football: Are match-fixers back in the game?

Above: Mr Kalekwa (far left) and two Singaporeans watching his club play on Aug 30 last year. Left: Mr Kalekwa with a Singaporean who inked a deal on behalf of a Hong Kong-based firm on Aug 2 last year. Sofapaka FC chairman Elly Kalekwa (third from l
Sofapaka FC chairman Elly Kalekwa (third from left) shaking hands with a new foreign football player in the club. They are flanked by a Singaporean (in a suit) and the new team coach. Mr Kalekwa said that as part of the deal he signed, five foreign players were to be decided by the sponsor, and the club had to accept a new coach picked by the company as well.PHOTOS: SOFAPAKA FC/FACEBOOK
Above: Mr Kalekwa (far left) and two Singaporeans watching his club play on Aug 30 last year. Left: Mr Kalekwa with a Singaporean who inked a deal on behalf of a Hong Kong-based firm on Aug 2 last year. Sofapaka FC chairman Elly Kalekwa (third from l
Mr Kalekwa (far left) and two Singaporeans watching his club play on Aug 30 last year. PHOTOS: SOFAPAKA FC/FACEBOOK
Above: Mr Kalekwa (far left) and two Singaporeans watching his club play on Aug 30 last year. Left: Mr Kalekwa with a Singaporean who inked a deal on behalf of a Hong Kong-based firm on Aug 2 last year. Sofapaka FC chairman Elly Kalekwa (third from l
Mr Kalekwa with a Singaporean who inked a deal on behalf of a Hong Kong-based firm on Aug 2 last year.PHOTOS: SOFAPAKA FC/FACEBOOK

S'poreans linked to dubious sponsorship deals with two Kenyan football clubs

A network of companies with offices in Singapore has been linked to dubious sponsorship deals involving two football clubs in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

Checks by The Sunday Times showed the men who inked the deals on behalf of the companies may be associates of convicted Singaporean match-fixers Chann Sankaran and Titani Periasamy, as well as fugitive Wilson Raj Perumal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 16, 2020, with the headline 'Are match-fixers back in the game?'. Print Edition | Subscribe