SEKONDI, Ghana (AFP) - Benin manager Reinhard Fabisch has claimed he was approached by an Asian betting syndicate to fix the result of his team's opening African Nations Cup 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.
"I was astonished that he had the guts to approach a German to fix a football match," said Fabisch.
"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.
"I assume that if someone approaches you like that, then they have that (money) in mind."
Fabisch, who took over from Wabi Gomez in December after Benin had qualified for the 2008 finals, said he was prepared to provide the Confederation of African Football the contact details of the man.
Benin's next game is against Ivory Coast in Sekondi later Friday.
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