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