Wydad Casablanca deny Lobi Stars’ match fixing allegations

Wydad Casablanca deny Lobi Stars’ match fixing allegations

Wydad Casablanca president Said Naciri has denied the allegations made by Lobi Stars Coach Solomon Ogbeide that someone was trying to offer his players money to influence the result of the Tuesday’s CAF Champions League game with Lobi Stars.


After losing the first tie 0-1 at home, Lobi held Wydad Casablanca to 0-0 draw at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium on Tuesday to remain in contention for a place in the last eight.


After the game, It was not the performance of Lobi Stars that made the headlines but the remarks of the coach Solomon Ogbeide who alleged that his players were approached to fix Tuesday’s clash to help Faouzi Benzarti side’s an easier passage to the last eight.


However, Wydad Casablanca President Naciri denied the accusation, while urging Lobi Stars to reveal the identity of the person.


“These drips have no basis and Wydad is even bigger than that. We do not need to bribe anyone to win games because we are not a small team,” Naciri said.


“Lobi Stars must talk about the identity of the person who gave them funds if they are correct. The word ‘person’ in Morocco has many meanings.


“We will not care about such things in this important period of the club and if we receive an official letter from Caf, we will respond.


“I think these things [match-fixing] started to disappear from the continent in recent years and I do not know what brought about this talk from the coach of the Nigerian team.


“They [Lobi Stars] played a good game and have hopes to move to the next round.”


The Confederation of African Football is yet to open an investigation into the matter.

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