FIFA on Tuesday announced that it has banned four players, three Kenyan and a Ugandan, from football activities over their involvement in fixing Kenyan Premier League matches.
The four were at the time plying their trade at Kakamega Homeboyz under the tutelage of Ugandan tactician Paul Nkata.
Of the four, Moses Chikati, Festus Okiring and Festo Omutoko were handed four-year bans while George Mandela received a life ban for his critical role in the gambling saga.
Chikati until his band was still a player at the Kakamega-based side while Omukoto had just joined Western Stima in the just concluded transfer window. Okiring is said to have joined the military and little has been written on the whereabouts of George Mandela who immediately took off after the allegations were made.
According to a report in a Ugandan football news website, Mandela joined an Eastern Regional (equivalent of third division) club known as Gaddafi FC.
The talented shot-stopper might have decided to go for the unknown club since he was being closely monitored by FIFA and other investigators.
According to FIFA, Mandela's role was very critical in the match-fixing saga.
“In particular, given his central role in the conspiracy, the player George Mandela, Uganda, has been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for life,” read part of a statement from FIFA.
Nothing is mentioned of Nkata whose several Kenyan clubs had raised issues about his integrity. With Fifa leaving him out of those punished, it appears clear that he has been declared innocent.