Aden Range Marwa, the Kenyan referee who was to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia tha kicks off on 14thJune has been involved in bribery allegations.
In an investigative expose by BBC, Marwa, the celebrated Kenyan referee was captured receiving Khs 60,000 bribe in order to influence an international match outcome.
With the allegations of bribery, Marwa has been struck off the list of officials for 2018 world cup as he was among the 63 assistant referees set to officiate at the finals.
The expose was done by Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and exposes Marwa alongside dozens of other match officials allegedly getting the cash.
As a teacher from Kotombo Primary school, Marwa was filmed 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.
“You know, thank you for the gift but the most important is that friendship, getting to know each other,” says Marwa in the clip, who is serving his seventh year as a Fifa referee.
Throught his career, Marwa has officiated several Kenya Premier league matches, and in 2014 World Cup in Brazil he was shortlisted but he never officiated at match. He was also the assistant referee at the 2016 Club World Cup in Japan.
He was named as a Caf assistant referee in the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup and featured in a similar capacity in the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations as well as at Chan (African Nations Championship) competitions, Under-17 World Cup, Caf Under-23 Championship and the Fifa Club World Cup