The Kenya national team head coach Adel Amrouche has been suspended from all CAF activities for a period of 12 months after he was found guilty of spitting at one of the match officials during Kenya’s game against Comoros in the second leg of the second phase of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
The Coach was sent off in the game and later handed a provisional two – game ban that would see him miss both legs of the Lesotho game in the third phase of qualifiers and a CAF Disciplinary Board seating on Thursday 17 July in Cairo passed the 12 month ban.
Forward to FIFA
The seating, comprising of Raymond Hack, Nkejimana Abubacar, Francisco Carvalho and Amina Kassem noted in a letter in futaa.com’s possession that the decision on the Algerian coach will be forwarded to FIFA for a possible extension to activities outside the CAF region.
The letter confirms that Football Kenya Federation (FKF) had filed an appeal against the two match ban initially handed to the Coach, arguing that the said incidents never took place but the disciplinary board was not too inspired and as it stands, the federation may well have to find another coach to handle the team through the AFCON qualifiers.
The decision by the disciplinary board can still be contested by the affected parties within three days of getting the notification with the reason for the appeal being submitted in writing seven days after the expiry of the three day limit.
Controversies have been part of the coach’s stint at the helm at Harambee Stars. He was sent off in his first official match, against Nigeria in Calabar on 3 March 2013 and most recently, he had a gag order on national team players which included barring journalists from covering the national team as it prepared for the Lesotho game which ended in a 0 – 1 loss.
The only reprieve for the coach is that no financial fine was imposed on him in the 12 – month ban.