Fifa Wades Into Nigeria Match-Fixing Allegation

The Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) has begun a probe into match-fixing claims concerning Nigeria’s senior national men’s team, the Super Eagles, during the World Cup 2010 qualifying series.

Convicted Singaporean match-fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal, was quoted on The Guardian to have written in his book that he helped Nigeria reach the group stages of the previous World Cup in South Africa.

FIFA have written to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to notify them of its decision to watch the tapes of all Eagles’ 2010 World Cup qualifying matches.

The Federation of International Football Association.
The Federation of International Football Association.

This is part of the world football’s governing body’s investigation into the allegations.

“FIFA have written to inform us of their intention to watch the tapes of the matches we played throughout our qualification series,” a top official of the NFF is quotes as saying on

According to the NFF official, FIFA have picked interest in the matter to ascertain the validity or otherwise of the claim by Perumal.

Nigeria played 12 games- in a two-legged fixtures format- against South Africa, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya and Mozambique to make their fourth ever appearance at the football mundial.