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Burundi Arrests Official Over Players’ Bonuses

The vice president of the Burundian Football Association, FFB, is under arrest pending an investigation after the apparent disappearance of bonus money for the national team players who were recently in Egypt for the AFCON 2019 Tournament.

A member of the Burundian FA, who preferred to stay anonymous, told press that Aimable Habimana, also known as Marandura was under arrest since Saturday.

Habimana was arrested together with two other employees and investigations.

Burundi, which was taking part in its first Afcon finals, was bundled out in the group stages with neither a point nor goal.

They lost their first match 1-0 to Nigeria, before suffering similar defeat to Madagascar, and another 2-0 loss to Guinea in their last group match.

The tournament has been grappling with bonuses and allowance payments, with Zimbabwe and Uganda players threatening to boycott matches if their allowances were not paid.

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