CAF Sanctions African Referees Over Bribery Allegations; Liberian Included

Forner GFA Head Kwesi Nyantakyi
Former GFA Head Kwesi Nyantakyi

The Disciplinary Board of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has taken action against several African referees named in a media investigation as accepting bribes. In a press statement issued on Saturday from Cairo, Egypt, CAF Board issued the following sanctions:

1. Mr. Marwa Range, Assistant Referee (Kenya) : life ban from all CAF related
football activities;
2. Mr. Boukari Ouedraogo, Referee (Burkina Faso): 5 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
3. Mr. Denis Dembele, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 6 years ban from all CAF related
football activities;
4. Mr. Marius Tan, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
5. Mr. Bi Valere Gouho, Assistant Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
6. Mr. Coulibay Abou, Referee (Cote d’Ivoire): 2 years ban from all CAF related
football activities;
7. Mr. Jallow Ebrima, Assistant Referee (Gambia): 10 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
8. Mr. Moriba Diakite, Assistant Referee (Mali) : 5 years ban from all CAF related
football activities;
9. Mr. Demba Boubou, Assistant Referee (Mauritania) : 5 years ban from all CAF
related football activities;
10.Mr. Maman Raja Abba Malan Ousseini, Assistant Referee (Niger) :5 years ban
from all CAF related football activities;
11.Mr. Yanissou Bebou, Referee (Togo): 10 years ban from all CAF related football

In announcing additional sanctions, the African football body issued provisional suspensions against 11 referees from Liberia and Ghana pending their appearance before the disciplinary board scheduled for August 5, 2018.

1. Mr. Lathbridge Reginald, Referee (Ghana)
2. Mr. Bello Aboudou, Referee (Ghana)
3. Mr. Nantierre Eric, Assistant Referee (Ghana)

4. Mr. Fleischer Cecil, Referee (Ghana)
5. Mr. Anafo Nathan, Referee (Ghana)
6. Mr. Ouedraogo Dawood, Referee (Ghana)
7. Mr. Salifu Malik, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
8. Mrs. Akongyam Theresa, Women Assistant Referee (Ghana)
9. Mr. Badiu Brahim, Assistant Referee (Ghana)
10.Mr. Yekeh Jerry, Referee (Liberia)
11.Mr. David Laryea, Assistant Referee (Ghana)

The Liberian Referee provisionally suspended is Jerry Yekeh.

Liberian Referee Jerry Yekeh
Liberian Referee Jerry Yekeh

A a BBC undercover investigation by Ghanaian journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas showed some of the accused receiving monies to influence the outcome of football games.

Also caught up in the undercover investigative sting was the former head of Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) and FIFA Council member Kwesi Nyantaki. He was caught on tape allegedly accepting $68,000 cash from a reporter who went undercover as a businessman.

Mr. Nyantakyi, also senior executive of CAF, was suspended on June 8th  for 90 days by FIFA pending conclusion of an investigation in the matter. He subsequently announced his resignation as head of the GFA four weeks ago saying,  “…It stemmed out of the controversies generated by investigative report of Tiger Eye PI. In the said report I committeed a series of errors of indiscretion. I gravely associated the highest office of the land –the presidency- with private discussions I had with “Scammers” who deceived me into thinking they were genuine persons interested in investing in our country…”

The undercover investigation referenced Liberian referee Jerry Yekeh who officiated a match on September 16, 2017  Ghana and Mali in a WAFU Tournament at the time in Ghana

Referee Yekeh is not filmed accepting cash but is seen entering the room carrying materials where cash was being distributed, according to the investigation. He has denied receiving bribe to influence the outcome of matches.

Provisionally Suspended Liberian Referee Jerry Yekeh
Provisionally Suspended Liberian Referee Jerry Yekeh

An online website named WorldReferee has a write up Yekeh as follows: “Jerry S. Yekeh is a social worker in Monrovia.
He started his referee career in 2002 as his passion for football was stronger when his parents asked him to stop playing football and study instead. A leading referee in Liberia He quickly became one of the best referees in Liberia and received many awards from the Liberia Football Association, such as the Most prominent referee award in 2007-2008 and the best referee award in 2009-2011-2012.
He became an international FIFA referee in 2009 and then started in regional and youth international competitions.”

By Emmanuel Abalo

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