"I think African players are vulnerable to this kind of approach because they don't have money," commented Reinhard Fabisch, the Benin coach. "I was astonished the man had the guts to approach a German to fix a football match. I cut him short and told him to leave the hotel."
The incidents caused the Confederation of African Football to take the defensive in their response. "Match fixing is not rampant in Africa," asserted CAF Spokesman Soulemine Hubouba. However, as Hughes points out, money can be a great motivator for African players -- many of whom earn next to nothing compared to Premier League stars like Michael Essien and Didier Drogba -- which means that match-fixing remains a concern.