CAF Bans Kenyan Referee Aden Marwa For Life Over Bribery

by Samuel Abasi Posted on July 8th, 2018

Aden Marwa, the Kenyan referee who was caught on camera accepting a “money gift” has been banned for life, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said in a statement. Aden Marwa had been chosen by world football governing body FIFA to be part of the referees that would officiate World Cup matches in Russia, but the release of the video, just a week before the games began meant he was dropped.

CAF published a list of 11 referees, including Aden Marwa, who was caught on camera by a Ghanaian undercover journalist, but only the Kenyan was handed a life-long veto. The other ten people received bans ranging from 2 years to 10 years.

He has however denied any wrong-doing in response to the corruption allegations.

CAF’s decision came after a meeting held by its disciplinary board.

In the press statement by the administrative and controlling body for African association football, CAF also suspended a further 11 officials provisionally pending their appearance in front of the Disciplinary Board on 5th August 2018.

Last month, former Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi resigned as CAF’s first vice-president over corruption allegations.

He branded the video footage of him apparently taking cash gifts “lies”.

Marwa was supposed to be an assistant referee at FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 in what would have been another high profile outing for the official after the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), where he served with the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

The 41-year-old is the first Kenyan football official to be involved in any FIFA competition, having featured in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Marwa served as a FIFA referee from 2011, and was named as a reserve official at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The mathematics and chemistry teacher from Komotobo Secondary school in Migori County was named as an assistant referee in the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but his very first major international duty was an Africa Cup match in Zanzibar way back in 2000.

He was included as CAF’s assistant referee in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he served alongside Bakary Gassama, Jean-Claude Birumushahu and Malang Diedhiou.

Marwa, who was an assistant referee at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, has once again given Kenyan football some hope after the usual FIFA droppings and low local football standards amid harsh criticisms.

Of the 36 centre referees picked for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 a total of five come from Africa.

Full list of officials who have been banned/suspended by CAF:

Officials banned by CAF

  1. Mr. Marwa Range, Assistant Referee (Kenya): life ban from all CAF related football activities.
  2. Mr. Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee (Burkina Faso): 5 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  3. Mr. Denis Dembele, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 6 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  4. Mr. Marius Tan, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  5. Mr. Bi Valere Gouho, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  6. Mr. Coulibay Abou, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  7. Mr. Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee (Gambia): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  8. Mr. Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee (Mali) : 5 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  9. Mr. Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee (Mauritania) : 5 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  10. Mr. Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee (Niger): 5 years ban from all CAF related football activities.
  11. Mr. Yanissou Bebou, Referee (Togo): 10 years ban from all CAF related football activities.

Provisionally suspended pending their appearance in front of the CAF Disciplinary Board on 5th August 2018

  1. Mr. Lathbridge Reginald, Referee (Ghana)
  2. Mr. Bello Aboudou, Referee (Ghana)
  3. Mr. Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
  4. Mr. Fleischer Cecil, Referee (Ghana)
  5. Mr. Anafo Nathan, Referee (Ghana)
  6. Mr. Ouedraogo Dawood, Referee (Ghana)
  7. Mr. Salifu Malik, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
  8. Mrs. Akongyam Theresa, Women Assistant Referee (Ghana)
  9. Mr. Badiu Brahim, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
  10. Mr. Yekeh Jerry, Referee (Liberia)
  11. Mr. David Laryea, Assistant Referee (Ghana)

Author

Samuel Abasi

Samuel Abasi

Staff Writer
Phone
Email

Leave a Reply