My wife is not Tunisian, Kenyan referee insists
Embattled Kenyan referee Davies Omweno he refuted claims emanating from sections of the Ghanaian press suggesting he is married to a Tunisian woman.
Omweno termed the claims “propaganda” and “malicious” insisting that “he has only one wife” who is also Kenyan.
The Fifa referee spoke exclusively to Nairobi News in an interview on Friday, a day after footy ghana published a story suggesting he might have favoured Tunisia in a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Libya in 2016 because he is “married to a Tunisian woman.”
Tunisia won that particular contest via by a solitary goal, but the Confederation of African Football (Caf) would later slap Omweno and his assistant, Berhe O’Micheal of Eritrea, with a three month suspension having found the duo guilty of “controversial” performance.
“I’m married to only one wife, Dorcas Moraa, who is also a referee here in Kenya and I’m sure you know her,” Omweno told Nairobi News.
“So all the news about a Tunisian wife…. I have read that story and can categorize its content as propaganda and malicious. They (Libyans) are just trying to force a replay like in that match between South Africa and Senegal.”
Commenting on the contentious game, Omweno, who has on several occasions been voted the best referee in Kenya, explained:
“I didn’t have the best performance on the day. But I’m not worried because Caf know my level. If you want to discuss the disallowed goal, that was the decision of the assistant referee.”
Libya are currently placed bottom of their World Cup qualifying group with three points from four outings.
Thus, a replay and probable win against Tunisia would take the Libyans to six points, a point less than the Carthage Eagles who currently top the group.
This scenario will open up the chances of all the teams in the group including DR Congo and Guinea to qualify for the Fifa World Cup in Russia next year.