African and, by extension, world football enthusiasts are reeling from a shocking exposé where high-ranking football officials are caught on camera taking cash bribes.
Over 100 officials, including referees and match commissioners took bribes to influence the outcome of domestic and international matches.
While the revelation is majorly focused on Ghanaian football, regional and international figures such as Gambian match official Ebrima Jallo (who took $500) are caught in the net. Jallo was caught on camera saying the practice is common and that “it is happening everywhere.”
Kenyan referee Rangwe Aden Marwa is an international match official drawn into the net. He was approached by individuals posing as Ghanaian football officials during the African Nations Championships.
Aden Marwa; the Kenyan international referee implicated in the bribery scandal
He was offered a bribe of $600, which he gladly took. Marwa can be heard saying “thank you for the gift, the most important is that friendship, getting to know each other.”
Marwa was set to officiate in the Russia World Cup as an assistant referee; a role that would have seen him bag a cool $25,000 plus an allowance of $2,000 for every match he would have officiated.
A statement from FIFA, the world football governing body, says that Marwa has since stepped down from the refereeing team.
However, the amounts handed to the officials pale in comparison to the $65,000 given to the President of Ghanaian football, Kwesi Nyatankyi.
It doesn’t end there, the expos touches politicians, including President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo and his vice, Dr. Mahamudu Bawuma.
An infographic of more names in the bribery scandal: Courtesy of Citinews
It is understood that over 150 separate payments were made by undercover journalists (who posed as fans) to football officials and their bosses.
The exposé was engineered by Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas. Watch part of it in the BBC clip below.