The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) is investigating two matches in the country’s second-tier division after finishing with scores of 95-0 and 91-1.
The games saw Kenema-based Kahunla Rangers and Gulf FC of Kono heavily defeat their city rivals in Premier League qualifiers on Sunday.
In a statement, Sierra Leone’s FA said they had a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against any match fixing and said anyone involved would face ‘the full force of the law’.
The statement said : “We can’t stand by and see an embarrassing situation like this go unpunished,” SLFA president Thomas Daddy Brima told BBC Sport Africa.
“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 SLFA said it would investigate players and officials from all four clubs involved, designated match officials and the Eastern Region Football Association.
The organisation added it “maintains zero tolerance” against match manipulation in the West African country, in compliance with the rules of world governing body Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
Both Kahunla and Gulf FC had the same number of points going to their final round of matches and were fighting for Eastern Region’s remaining place in the national Super 10 League, which serves as the final qualifying phase for the Premier League.
The two games took place simultaneously and the referee of Gulf’s match refused to officiate the second half, and was subsequently replaced.
Things took a dramatic turn over the course of the second halves when it became clear that the team with the better goal difference would go through – with Kahunla netting 93 goals and Gulf scoring 84 times.
The chief executive officer of Kahunla, Eric Kaitell, condemned his team and the other three sides involved on social media.
“I want to start by apologising to the football fans in the country and the world at large for the odd match result of my club Kahunla Rangers,” Kaitell said.
“I want to state firmly that I strongly condemn such unsportsmanlike behaviour displayed by my team, and the other teams involved.
“I’m setting up a committee to investigate the whole team including the technical staff and the executive members, and whoever is found wanting will be dealt with accordingly.”