The Minister of home affairs Obert Mpofu together with the Zimbabwe Republic Police has rewarded ZIFA Referee Norman Matemera with a $5000 prize money for his gesture of refusing to accept a bribe in a CAF Champions League match.
Norman Matemera reported being offered the bribe by representatives of Equatorial Guinea’s Deportivo Niefang club. They wanted the ref to influence the second leg of their knockout tie against Ivory Coast’s Williamsville AC on April 18 so they could overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit.
Matemera reported that when he refused the bribe, he was then approached by the match commissioner, Togo’s Lawson Mahuwe, who also tried to bribe him on behalf of Deportivo Niefang.
Matemera reported the attempted bribery to the Confederation of African Football, which is investigating.
Matemera is a Police Officer in the Ministry of Home affairs and he was rewared by his bosses at a funtion in Harare to commission an anti-corruption unit of the force.