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Kenyan national coach Sebastian Migne
demands tough play for AFCON ticket

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenyan national team head coach Sebastian Migne has warned his player to play at the higher level if they are to be considered for upcoming fixtures against Ethiopia and Sierra Leone in the Africa Nations Cup qualifiers.

Kenya is tied on second spot with Sierra Leone after their 1-0 win over Ghana, who lead the group courtesy of their superior goal advantage.

Ethiopia is rooted at the bottom. All the four teams have three points each.

Migne says he has knowledge of who to recall to the national team after overseeing the team play two matches against Malawi and Ghana.

However, he said he is still scouting for new talent, even as more foreign based players, who were unavailable for the matches, including Beijing based Ayub Timbe return to the team.

"I have some answers but in this team, it is a new process every time.

"The door is always open for players to come and go, even after this game.

"We have one month before Ethiopia and I will watch every player in their respective leagues and maybe we can have some new players," the tactician said.

Migne, however, rues the absence of team captain Victor Wanyama, who plays for Tottenham in the English Premier League.

"He plays for Tottenham and that shows how much he is important.

"But what can I do?" he said.

Kenya is eyeing to pick maximum points against Ethiopia to boost their chances of making it to the finals in Cameroon in 2019.

Only group winners of the 12 pools and the three best second placed teams will join hosts Cameroon in the finals.

"I don’t care about Ghana now.

"That is in the past.

"The focus now is on Ethiopia.

"If we can get good results there then we can play a final against Sierra Leone in Nairobi and dream of AFCON," said Migne.


Two Rwandan football officials detained over bribery claims

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Two officials of the Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA) have been detained over alleged bribery of CAF referee Jackson Pavaza to manipulate the result of the 2019 AFCON qualifier match between Rwanda and Cote d’Ivoire played at Kigali regional stadium last Sunday, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said Thursday.

The spokesman of the bureau, Modeste Mbabazi told media in Kigali that the arrested are FERWAFA Secretary General Francois Regis Uwayezu and Commissioner of Competitions Eric Ruhamiriza.

The arrests came days after Pavaza made the bribery claims, alleging that the money (whose figure he couldn’t ascertain according to Namibian media) was sealed in an envelope.

Pavaza was in charge of the match, while three other Namibian officials, David Shaanika, Shoovaleka Nehemia and Matheus Kanyanga, were his assistants.

The match ended 2-1 in favor of Cote d’Ivoire.

But in a statement on Wednesday, FERWAFA had refuted the bribery claims as shocking.

The federation said in the process of reimbursement, extra money was given due to miscommunication when Pavaza notified Eric Ruhamiriza that there were extra expenses incurred by the four match officials on their flight to Kigali which amounted to 237 US dollars.

Ruhamiriza thought this amount of money was for each official - that is how a total of 948 dollars was issued, the federation explained.

"What really happened was miscommunication on the exact amount of money that was demanded by Pavaza in his initial communication to Mr. Ruhamiriza which should not be taken as form of bribery as alleged," the statement said.

It added that with extensive knowledge of CAF regulations, FERWAFA can never and will never be indulged in any form of corruption that goes along the way in jeopardizing the high level of integrity and professionalism of the game.



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