Gor Mahia's dependable duo suspended by CAF
Gor Mahia have been dealt with a massive blow ahead of their CAF Confederations Cup playoffs against New Star de Douala as skipper Harun Shakava and Joash Onyango have been suspended indefinitely by CAF after their alleged indiscipline in the Lobi Stars clash.
Their case is set to be debated in a disciplinary meeting at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) headquarters in Cairo, Egypt on Sunday 13th January. The duo are purported to carry themselves in an indiscipline manner as Shakava was in involved in a physical altercation with Lobi Stars goalkeeper when he retaliated to a slap while Joash is suspended for an apparent use ‘abusive language’ towards the referee.
In a letter to Gor Mahia from CAF, the continental football governing body drew attention to bookings handed to the Kenyan champions, “We remind you that the referee report is authoritative regarding incidences that occurred on the field of play. The referee reported to the Disciplinary Board that the following player(s) was (were) cautioned – Samuel Onyango, Jacques Tuyisenge, Joash Onyango, Haron Shakava, Mustafa Francis and Humphrey Mieno.”
The letter also confirmed the duo’s suspension until their case is heard, “Reports indicate that player no. 12 Joash Onyango came towards the referee at the end of the match and insulted him with abusive language.
“Furthermore, the goalkeeper of Lobi Stars, John Lawrence (16) slapped player no. 18 Haron Shakava of Gor Mahia who then went to kick back the goalkeeper. The referee was about to show them red cards yet the referees were evacuated by the police due to the pitch invasion.
“Therefore you are kindly requested to note that both Gor Mahia players no. 12 and no. 18 are provisionally suspended from taking part in CAF inter-clubs matches until the submission of the case to CAF Disciplinary board in its next meeting (January 13).