The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has blamed Deputy President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga’s security detail of strongly supporting the politicians admittance to the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani pitchside during an ongoing competitive match involving Harambee Stars.
The mainland body has subsequently slapped Football Kenya Federation (FKF) with a $10,000 (about Sh1 million) fine for neglecting to control the politicians’ movements during the game.
Ruto was imagined tending to Harambee Stars players at the playing territory (Zone 1) after the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations capability coordinate setting the host group in opposition to Comoros on November 21.
The match ended 1-1, with Masoud Juma scoring Kenya’s goal and the DP’s media team later announced he’d offered the team a Sh1 million token following their efforts in the game.
“The dignitaries (Ruto and Raila) had heavy security attached to them. They barged through the stewards arranged by Caf security officer,” a Caf statement reads in part.
Caf had earlier released strict protocols to be adhered to, including barring fans from attending all its qualification matches as a way of curbing the spread of Covid-19.
Caf has also reminded FKF of its obligations to secure the stadium during future engagements.
“According to CAF Disciplicary Code (Art. 8.2), “The host association or club is responsible for order and security both inside and around the stadium before, during and after the match. It is liable for incidents of any kind and can be rendered subject to disciplinary measures.”
FKF has three days to appeal this decision.