A Coventry footballer who represented Rwanda in a World Cup was today behind bars for his role in a drugs ring.

Seff Murenzi, 21, of Triumph Close, Coventry, was today beginning a two year and nine month jail term after being convicted of supplying heroin and cocaine.

Murenzi represented Rwanda at the under-17 World Cup in Mexico after his dad rang the coach to tell him how good he was.

Aged 15, he scored an impressive 53 goals for his side in Coventry, Chapelfield Colts.

Now his career lies in tatters afte rhe was arrested in a police sting codenamed Operation Emperor.

He admitted eight offences of supplying heroin and cocaine to an undercover officer known as ‘Matt’ in Cheltenham in April and May last year.

Prosecutor George Threlfall told Gloucester crown court that ‘Matt’ was given Murenzi’s phone number by drug users and he rang him eight times asking for ”brown’, which is heroin, or ’20 Rock’, which is crack cocaine.

Each time, Murenzi met Matt in a variety of locations and supplied him with drug deals.

Murenzi represented Rwanda in the under-17 World Cup in Mexico.

Murenzi was covertly photographed during handovers – and much later on, when police had caught up with the scale of arrests during Operation Emperor – ‘Matt’ picked out Murenzi in an identification procedure.

Murenzi was arrested at his Coventry home on September 29 last year.

Andrew Bell, defending, said Murenzi started dealing because he owed £200 to a man called ‘Kevin’ who told him he could get the money by selling drugs.

Murenzi had felt pressurised and had started dealing in Cheltenham because his girlfriend lives in the town, Mr Bell said.

Murenzi had moved to the UK from Rwanda when he was eight to nine years old, the barrister said.

“He had a budding football career and played in an Under-17 team at the World Cup in Mexico in 2011,” he added.


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