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Football: Benin in African fix claim; AFRICAN NATIONS CUP.

BENIN coach Reinhard Fabisch has claimed he was asked to help fix the outcome of one of his team's matches at the African Nations Cup.

Fabisch says he was approached two days before Monday's 1-0 defeat to Mali by a man at the team's hotel in Sekondi, Ghana.

Fabisch said: "He wanted to find out from me if there was any possibility of manipulating the match.

"I told him: 'Look, you have two minutes to leave the hotel or I will call the police'."

Fabisch added that he has warned his players to be on guard for similar approaches.

The German said: "I think that African players are vulnerable to this kind of approach, because many of them don't have money.

"This is why poor countries like Benin are targeted.

I cut him short and told him to leave. It doesn't help football."

Benin are back in action later today when they play Ivory Coast in Sekondi.

In yesterday's action, Nottingham Forest striker Junior Agogo scored the only goal as Ghana beat Namibia 1-0 to move closer to qualifying for the knockout stages.

Agogo bundled home from close range in the 41st minute but the hosts struggled to impose themselves on their Group A opponents, who were knocked out as a result of the defeat.

Pascal Feindouno scored two goals and was sent off as Guinea put themselves back in contention in the group with a 3-2 win over Morocco.

The midfielder opened the scoring early on with a curling free-kick, before playing Ismael Bangoura in for the second shortly before the hour mark.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 25, 2008
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