The opening week’s play at the 2008 edition in Ghana was overshadowed by the revelation that first Benin and then Namibia were sounded out to throw matches.
Benin’s German-born coach Reinhard Fabisch first raised the alarm when he revealed he’d been approached by a man last Saturday claiming to represent a Singapore-based betting syndicate trying to ‘buy’ Benin to fix their opening Group B game with Mali.
Then it was the turn of Namibia, whose players reported a man had offered them 30 000 dollars (R210 000) each to lose their final Group A tie with Guinea that takes place tonight.
The team alerted their national football association president John Muinjo who in turn contacted CAF.
Hack reiterated the words of his colleague CAF official Soulemine Hubouba who said earlier, ‘We are following this with great concern, and will have more to say on it either today or tomorrow, adding that the allegations were being considered seriously.