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CAF slaps FKF officials with a ban and fines

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Africa’s Football Management body has slapped bans on Football Kenya Federation (FKF) officials for breaching the COVID-19 regulations put in place during African Cup of Nations qualifiers. 

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has now suspended Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Barry Otieno and Harambee Stars Team Manager Ronny Onyando for breaching the COVID-19 regulations in Kenya’s match against Comoros. 

According to a statement from CAF, the duo was handed a six-month ban each from football activities relating to CAF after they allegedly tore apart PCR test copies of the Kenyan team.

“On the day of the match the General Secretary of the Comoros Football Federation came in early to take their PCR tests, and he was met with refusal from the Kenyan national team’s management, they delayed the process for three hours until they finally gave in,” reads CAF’s statement.

“The test results arrived just a few minutes before kick-off, during warm-up, due to the said delay. The Commissioner did not get the chance to check the results himself as Barry Otieno, the General Secretary of the Football Kenya Federation, and Ronny Oyando, the Kenyan team manager disputed the results as soon as they have become aware of them and snatched them from his hands and tore them apart.

“According to the PCR tests copies that were acquired after the match, four players have all tested positive before the match yet took part in the game and risked the contamination of the opposing team as well as their fellow teammates and all officials that were involved in match 94 of the Total African Cup of Nations Qualifiers.”

“On the day of the match the General Secretary of the Comoros Football Federation came in early to take their PCR tests, and he was met with refusal from the Kenyan national team’s management, they delayed the process for three hours until they finally gave in,” read the statement.

“The test results arrived just a few minutes before kick-off, during warm-up, due to the said delay. The Commissioner did not get the chance to check the results himself as Barry Otieno, the General Secretary of the Football Kenya Federation, and Ronny Oyando, the Kenyan team manager disputed the results as soon as they have become aware of them and snatched them from his hands and tore them apart.

CAF has also fined Kenya Football Federation (KFF)  a hefty fine of USD 20,000 (Sh2.2 million) for breaching the COVID-19 regulations put in place.

“In terms of Caf Statutes and Regulations, in terms of the Covid-19 and in terms of Articles 82, 83, 133, 134 and 98 of Caf Disciplinary Code, the Caf Disciplinary Board has decided to impose a ban of 6 [six] months on Otieno from all football activities relating to Caf, impose a ban of 6 [six] months on Oyando from all football activities relating to Caf and impose upon your Federation a financial sanction of 20.000 USD .”

In his response to the allegations, FKF CEO Barry Otieno told the media that what has been alleged is not true but they will comply with the verdict.

“I have just learned about the allegations and will be consulting internally on the next steps,” he said in response to a media inquiry on the decision of the CAF Disciplinary Board.

“Nonetheless, I wish to state that everyone who was present, during the incident, including the Match Commissioner, know that what has been alleged is not true. That notwithstanding, CAF has made a decision and as a member, we will comply with it”

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