African football governing body CAF has banned Football Kenya Federation (FKF) CEO Barry Otieno after he allegedly rejected and tore apart a PCR tests report for Covid-19 during Harambee Stars African Cup of Nations qualifier against Comoros
According to a statement released by CAF, the African body has handed both FKF CEO Barry Otieno and Harambee Stars Team Manager Ronny Oyando a six-month ban from all football-related activities.
“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 the CAF report.
“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.”
The report says that the PCR test copies that were acquired after the match revealed four Kenyan players tested positive before the match but they all took part in the game, risking contamination of the opposing team as well as their fellow teammates and all officials that were involved in the match.
“In terms of CAF Statutes and Regulations, in terms of the Covid-19 FAQs 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 (Twenty Thousand US Dollars),” reads the report
While responding to a media inquiry on the decision of the CAF disciplinary board, FKF CEO Otieno said he was not aware of the decision taken by CAF but will consult internally to come up with the next step.
“I have just learned about the allegations and will be consulting internally on the next steps. Nonetheless, I wish to state that everyone who was present, during the incident including the Match Commissioner knows that what has been alleged is not true, that notwithstanding CAF has made a decision and as a member, we will comply with it,” he said.