Tuesday May 25, 2021. 08:57
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have sanctioned Gor Mahia players Boniface Oluoch and Kenneth Muguna for their attack on a match official in a CAF Confederation Cup match in February.
The match in question was the return leg of the Playoff Round tie between Gor Mahia and NAPSA Stars, held at the Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.
After the Zambian side won the first leg 1-0 in Nairobi, Gor Mahia found themselves leading 2-1 in the return game and looked set to advance into the lucrative group phase on away goals.
However, South African referee Lebalang Mokete awarded the home team a penalty which was converted by veteran striker Emmanuel Mayuka for a 2-2 draw which saw NAPSA advance 3-2 on aggregate.
Gor Mahia players confronted the referee after the final whistle in protest against the penalty decision, with Boniface Oluoch and Kenneth Muguna singled out as being the main aggressors.
Both were found guilty of attacking a match referee and were fined Sh1.6 million each and banned from competing in any CAF inter-club competition for four games.
Muguna, who is set to leave the Kenyan champions when his contract expires in September, has consistently pleaded his innocence when asked about this incident.
CAF has also ordered Gor Mahia to immediately repair the damage caused by its players at the venue: “Gor Mahia are instructed to immediately check the cost of the damages incurred by NAPSA Stars and reimburse the cost of damages caused by the players,” reads the organisation’s ruling.
This is the second time in as many years that the Kenyan giants have been slapped on the wrist by African football authorities.
In 2019, CAF imposed a Sh750,000 fine to the club when it was found guilty of failing to control its players in a Confederation Cup game against DR Congo’s DC Motema Pembe in Nairobi.