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Details of Kenyan World Cup referee who resigned after receiving Sh60,000 bribe

The Kenya Ministry of Sports has not yet commented on the matter.

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Details are emerging that the referee, who is also an employee of Teachers Service Commission, teaches Mathematics and Chemistry at Komotobo secondary school in Kuria, Migori County.

The teacher pleaded with the TSC, just last month, to have a one month off to referee World Cup matches in Russia, something that would have earned him Sh2.5 million, but a bribe of Sh60,000 has denied him the highly coveted opportunity.

He left the country last weekend, but will now be forced to come home and watch the games from home on screens instead, after a BBC expose, in which he fell to the trick by renowned Ghanaian investigative journalist who offered him a bribe, posing as an official. The journalist ‘demanded that the referee influence the outcome of a football match.’

The exposé, published by the BBC on Thursday triggering his exit, further reveals the extent of bribery and inducements that are feared influence the decisions referees make while on the pitch.

2014 World Cup in Brazil

Marwa flew the Kenyan flag high in the global scene when he officiated the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

He was a little-known official back at his home in Kehancha before the Kenya Premier League sought his services, from which he rose to the rank of assistant referee.

Fifa followed soon afterwards. He first officiated an international match at the Africa Cup meet in Zanzibar in 2000.

He has also starred in the CAF U20 championships in Rwanda, the CHAN tournament in Sudan in January 2011, and the U-17 World Cup in Mexico in July 2011.

Marwa also officiated the CAF U-23 championships in Morocco in 2022 before taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in 2012.

Neither Mr Marwa nor the Kenya Ministry of Sports has not yet commented on the matter.

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