A seasoned Kenyan referee Aden Marwa is off the World Cup referees list after a he was captured on tape receiving a USD 60 (Sh 60,000) bribe two years ago.
Marwa, a Chemistry and Mathematics teacher at Komotobo Secondary school in Migori County is among the 63 assistant referees set to officiate at next month’s showpiece but now will miss pout following revelations from two years ago, produced by controversial Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
The footage released by the British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC),shows Marwa receiving the cash during the 2018 Africa Nations Championship (Chan) tournament in Morocco in a hotel room.
Marwa was on his seventh year serving as a Fifa referee.
In November 2016, another Kenyan Fifa referee Davies Omweno was handed a three-month suspension after Libya successfully lodged a complaint with CAF following their loss to Tunisia.
Omweno was suspended alongside his linesman, Eritrean Berhe O’Michael. The Caf referees committee cited poor performance, wrong positioning and movement, incorrect identification of fouls and failure to administer some disciplinary sanctions as the reasons for Omweno’s suspension.
O’Michael was also guilty of poor performance in identifying offside decisions including one that denied Libya a valid goal. O’Michael fellow assistant Theogene Ndagijimana, who faced similar accusations, escaped with just a warning. Following the match, an African 2018 World Cup qualifier, where Tunisia won 1-0, Libya coach Jalal Damja blamed their loss to ‘poor officiating’.