Following a long wait, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) through its Ethics and Integrity Committee has found KCCA coach Sam Ssimbwa guilty of match fixing.
An audio recording with a voice now believed to be Ssimbwa’s circulated in mid-January this year in which he confessed of bribing match officials to swing results in his side’s favour.
KCCA reacted by suspending him and later forwarded the case to the FA for investigation and the conclusions by the committee chaired by William Byansi indicate he has been slapped with an eight match ban from all football related activities.
“The Adjudicatory Chamber of the FUFA Ethics and Integrity Committee chaired by Mr Byansi William has banned Mr Bamweyana Sam Ssimbwa -former KCCA FC coach from all football related activities (administrative, sports or any other) for 8 months for possible violation of FUFA Regulations when he conducted himself in an unethical manner and uttered statements that jeopardized the authenticity of results and integrity of matches,” read a statement in parts on the FUFA website.
In addition, the statement adds that the ban takes immediate effect but it takes in consideration the 88 days he has spent on provisional suspension by his club.
“The ban comes into force immediately. Mr. Ssimbwa will serve eight months but the Committee has considered the 88 days he has spent on provisional suspension by KCCA FC club, have been deducted from the main ban.”
The committee confirmed that Ssimbwa the statements uttered by the ex-SC Villa, Sofapaka and Express Coach were out of standard for a senior person in the game like him.
“The Committee found out that the standards required from a senior coach like Sam Ssimbwa is higher than what he portrayed when he uttered statements relating to his ability to bribe match officials in order to get results.” Ssimbwa has 10 days to appeal.