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The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) is investigating the outcome of two matches that produced an unbelievable total of 187 goals.

The two second-tier games saw Kenema-based Kahunla Rangers and Gulf FC of Kono heavily defeat their city rivals in Premier League qualifiers on Sunday.

Kahunla walloped Lumbebu United 95-0, and Gulf FC thrashed Koquima Lebanon 91-1, providing the two biggest victories recorded in the history of Sierra Leonean football.

However, the half-time scores were just 2-0 and 7-1 respectively, and both results have been annulled because of suspicion of match manipulation.

The SLFA said it had zero tolerance for match-fixing. It said in a statement:

The following are of interest – the Eastern Region Football Association, all officials designated to officiate both matches, the players of Gulf FC, Koquima Lebanon, Kahula Rangers and Lumbenbu United.

In compliance with FIFA and CAF rules against match manipulation or anything of sort, SLFA maintains zero tolerance.

The general public is therefore assured that the said matter will be thoroughly investigated and anyone found culpable will face the full force of the law.

SLFA president Thomas Daddy Brima told BBC Sport Africa:

We can’t stand by and see an embarrassing situation like this go unpunished.

We’re going to launch an immediate investigation and bring to book all those responsible for this mediocrity.

All those found guilty will be dealt with in accordance with the SLFA laws, and will also be handed over to the country’s anti-corruption commission.

The chief executive of Kahunla Rangers “strongly condemned unsportsmanlike behaviour” and Lumbebu’s general manager said he was “not aware of any match manipulation”.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Koquima Lebanon claimed the match involving his side was actually a friendly and officials from Gulf FC declined to comment.

The two scorelines would rank among the highest recorded in football history. The highest is thought to have occurred in Madagascar in 2002 when AS Adema beat SO l’Emyrne 149-0.

The SO l’Emyrne players intentionally scored one own goal after another in protest over refereeing decisions with which they disagreed.

By Amara

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