Two members of the Rwanda Football Federation have been detained following allegations of the attempted bribery of the match officials who handled the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Rwanda and Ivory Coast on September 9 in Kigali.
Namibian referee Jackson Pavaza alleged that FERWAFA officials tried to bribe him, but the federation was quick to deny the allegations in a communication on September 13.
However, FERWAFA Communications Manager Bonnie Mugabe has informed KweséESPN that General Secretary Regis Francois Uwayezu and Commissioner of Competitions Eric Ruhamiriza have been detained since Wednesday.
“The two are under investigation by the Rwanda Investigative Bureau,” Mugabe began, “they were taken yesterday.
“More information will be released by the Rwanda Investigative Bureau.”
The 35-year old Uwayezu was only appointed General Secretary in May this year.
Pavaza made the bribery allegations on September 11, as per the Namibian Sun, where he claimed that Rwandan officials attempted to bribe him and his fellow referees – David Shaanika, Shoovaleka Nehemia and Matheus Kanyanga.
On Wednesday, a statement from the Rwandan federation explained the situation as a mix up regarding the payment of expenses incurred by the quartet.
Rwanda were defeated 2-1 by the Ivory Coast, and remain bottom of AFCON qualifying Group H.
Libya coach Amrouche alleges ‘frustration’, quits
Libya coach Adel Amrouche has resigned just days before his side face Nigeria in an African Nations Cup qualifier. The match is billed for Uyo, Akwa Ibom state.
His departure has been confirmed by the Libyan Football Federation and on Wednesday by Belgian Amrouche, who told the media that he was frustrated by working conditions with the team.
The 50-year-old, who was born in Algeria, was only appointed in May and his first match in charge last month saw Libya force a 0-0 draw in South Africa.
They were forced to play all their home qualifiers at a neutral venue because of the tenuous security situation in the North African country.
Libya travel to face Nigeria on Friday and then play them again in the return in Sfax, Tunisia on Monday.
Libya have four points from their first two games in their bid to qualify for the 2019 finals in Cameroon, ahead of South Africa on goal difference with Nigeria one point behind.
The Seychelles are last in the group without any points.
Senegal to be the first African country to host Youth Olympics
Senegal will host the next edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2022, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It will be the first African nation to host the event.
Four other African countries – Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – were in the running to host the event, but Senegal was chosen as it provided the “best value proposition and the greatest opportunities at this moment in time”, the IOC said in a press release.
The competition will be held in three cities: Senegal’s capital Dakar, the new city of Diamniadio, which currently under development, and Saly on the coast.
“Senegal and its young people are proud of the honour you have bestowed upon us, in entrusting the organisation of the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to our country,” Senegal’s President Macky Sall said in a statement.
“In fact, it is the whole of Africa, the birthplace of humankind through its history and the youngest continent through its demographics, which will welcome the young athletes of the world in 2022.”
Apart from Antarctica, Africa is the only continent in the world to have never hosted the Olympic Games.
Ghana’s Appiah under fire for inviting redundant players to national team
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is expected to be grilled by the local media in Kumasi ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone on Thursday.
The Ghanaian gaffer will defend his latest call-up which has sparked controversy in the West African nation.
The perceived inconsistency in his call-ups will come under scrutiny.
Appiah’s controversial decision to leave out brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew while the call-up of Sporting Lisbon defender Lumor Agbenyenu, who has not kicked a ball this season will come up for questioning.
The controversial return of captain Asamoah Gyan will also under line of fire.
The Ghana coach, 58, will also brief the media on his team’s preparations for the doubtful double-header against the Leone Stars.
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