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Benin manager says Asian syndicate wanted to fix match


Benin manager Reinhard Fabisch has claimed he was approached by an Asian betting syndicate to fix the result of his team's opening Africa Cup of Nations game against Mali.

The German coach says a man came up to him at the team hotel in Sekondi last Saturday, two days before the Squirrels were beaten 1-0 by Mali in the Group B fixture.

"He wanted to find out from me if there was any possibility of manipulating the match," the 57-year-old former manager of Kenya and Zimbabwe told BBC Sport. "I told him: `Look, you have two minutes to leave the hotel or I will call the police.'"

Fabisch said the man had told him he represented a company based in Singapore which could fix games across Africa.

Fabisch, who took over from Wabi Gomez last month after Benin had qualified for the finals, said he was prepared to provide the Confederation of African Football the contact details of the man.

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