Paul Nkata has finally spoken out and denied any involvement in match fixing as alleged by Kakamega Boyz and the Kenyan media.
A couple of weeks ago, Nkata left the KPL side with the club revealing he had gone AWOL and is in hiding after a poor run of results forced investigations that discovered he was placing bets on games.
“We are shocked,” Kakamega Boyz club official said then. “We thought the poor run was just a normal one but we decided to do some investigations and we found out that our coach has been placing bets on games,” he added.
However, Nkata, a league winner with Tusker FC denies involvement in such and he welcomes investigations into the matter.
“I have never been involved in such acts (match fixing) ever since I joined football,” Nkata exclusively told Kawowo Sports. “I know the coaching guidelines and integrity as a person is important,” he added.
The tactician left Kenya even before he got his sacking letter and admits he was afraid for his life.
“When Kenyans start something, you give them space and it’s what I did. After their investigations, they will know and maybe recall us for work,” he said when asked why he left the country yet innocent.
When I read that they had parted with me, I had to leave even before I got my sacking letter. Let them go on with their investigation because am innocent and the truth will come out.Paul Nkata
There are claims that Nkata, a former Ugandan international and coach with giants SC Villa, KCCA and URA also hid but he terms the accusations as false.
I never hid. My phones are on, am on social media. If phones are off, that could be true but my phones arePaul Nkata
ob. And I tied even calling the Technical Director, my immediate boss at the club.
Asked whether he could avail himself to defend himself before the investigators, Nkata said he is available.
I am ready to face the commission of inquiry if instituted to prove my innocence.Paul Nkata
Nkata has handled Bandari, Tusker and Kakamega Boyz among others and doesn’t rule out a return to the country for another coaching job.
“A coach is like a teacher, when I get another job in Kenya, I will go back and coach.”