Published On: Thu, Jun 7th, 2018

Kenya Misses World Cup Appearance

Kenyan referee Aden Marwa who had been slated to run the lines during this year’s Moscow 2018 World Cup has been dropped. (writes topi Lyambila)

This follows an undercover sting operation by Ghanian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, shared by the BBC Africa Eye; which records among others line-man Marwa receiving $600 purportedly to fix a match.

The video recording shows several referees taking cash before games in both domestic and international tournaments and top football officials also taking gifts.

Ghanaians have been waiting for this investigation to blow for weeks. Ghana is one of the greatest footballing nations in Africa, and have since even before independence churned out soccer stars who have plied their trade in top European football leagues including the Bundesliga, Italian Serie A and the English Premiership.

Ghanaian football fans believe that it is this corruption in football concerning match officials that has led to the country’s dismal performance in international tournaments such as the World Cup.

Kenya’s top daily newspaper The Nation reports – A senior Kenyan referee has been captured on camera receiving a Sh60,000 bribe in order to influence the outcome of an international football match.

And as a result of this revelation contained in an expose aired by the BBC on Wednesday, Aden Range Marwa has been struck off the list of match officials for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.

He was among the 63 assistant referees set to officiate at next month’s showpiece.

The expose was produced by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and exposes Marwa alongside dozens of other match officials allegedly getting the cash.

The footage shows Marwa, a mathematics teacher from Kotombo Secondary School in Migori County, receiving the cash at a background that resembles his hotel room. His accuser says it was shot during the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) tournament in Morocco.

Interestingly, the Kenyan match official is heard in this clip acknowledging the cash as a ‘gift’ and even seems all too keen to extend the friendship.

What has disgusted many a Kenyan fan is the fact that Marwa is missing out on a World Master piece which could have earned him not only fame but loads more money that the paltry $60 (Kshs.60,000.00).

Efforts to contact Marwa were fruitless, although the country’s soccer body has vowed through it’s chairman Nick Mwendwa to investigate further.   This may well result in local punishment for the whistler.

 

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