CECAFA suspends Kenya’s coach Kimanzi ahead of Zanzibar tie
The Kenya head coach Francis Kimanzi will not be on the bench when they face Zanzibar on December 14th in the last Group B match at the on-going CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup in Uganda.
Kimanzi has been slapped with a two match suspension for unsporting behavior that occurred ahead of their game against Tanzania on Monday.
“Mr Kimanzi is suspended from the technical bench for two consecutive matches of this tournament and should not appear anywhere in the stadium while serving the punishment,” said the communication signed by the Secretary General of the Council of East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA), Nicholas Musonye seen on Monday.
The communication noted that ahead of the Kenya and Tanzania game on Sunday the Kenyan technical bench protested the position of the match officials and chased away the 4th official Mohamad Guedi from the dressing room.
“The same technical team mobilized the players not to play the match by locking them inside the room over accusation that three Tanzanian players had no valid passports,” added the letter.
The technical bench also broke the door lock during the protest that delayed the kick off of this match for over 10 minutes. “Through out this nasty show, your officials did not comply with Article 15(1) of the rules and regulations of this tournament,” added the letter.
Musonye also warned other teams to show good discipline during the tournament which ends on December 19th.
Kimanzi who guided his team to a 1-0 win over Tanzania will now miss the games against Sudan on Tuesday and the last Group game against Zanzibar. Zanzibar Heroes started the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Sudan on Sunday.