Referee suspended after Top 8 blunder

KPL Top 8

Assistant referee John Alando, who was in charge in the KPL Top 8 Cup clash pitting Gor Mahia against Ushuru FC at the Nyayo National Stadium on Monday 2 May has been handed a three week suspension.

Alando was suspended for allowing Jacques Tuyisenge to score the goal that denied Ushuru FC the chance to advance to the semi final of the tournament despite Gor Mahia defender Jackson Saleh being in a clear offside position when he crossed in for Tuyisenge.

In the communique from the FKF, the CEO Robert Muthomi says it is a move aimed at improving the standards of officiating in the country.

Alando was not the only one under the spotlight; FIFA Referee Anthony Ogwayo, the man in charge of the AFC Leopards versus Ulinzi Stars match has been served a warning for what the communique posts as inconsistency in applying the laws of the game.

Raymond Onyango, the man at the center of the Sofapaka against Muhoroni Youth match was also put to task over his performance and has been summoned to the federation while Muhoroni Youth striker Moses Arita has been suspended for two matches and the FKF has asked the SPL to ensure the suspension is enforced.

Full statement

In line with Football Kenya Federation’s (FKF) vision of improving the level of officiating in the country, the FKF referees committee has resolved to suspend assistant referee John Alando for three weeks due to poor officiating.

Alando has been handed the suspension for allowing a goal scored from an obvious offside position, in a Top 8 match that pitted Gor Mahia vs Ushuru, on May 2, 2016 at the Nyayo National stadium. 

The committee also moved to serve centre referee Anthony Ogwayo with a warning letter for inconsistency in the application of the laws of the game in Ulinzi’s Top 8 match against AFC Leopards played over the weekend.

In addition, the committee also resolved to summon center referee Raymond Onyango to explain his actions in yet another Top 8 match that saw Muhoroni Youth take on Sofapaka. 

“In the match Muhoroni Youth vs Sofapaka the centre referee Raymond Onyango to be summoned in the next committee meeting to defend himself, before a decision is made, since It was found that Moses Arita warranted a red card for elbowing an opponent,” read the minutes in part.

In regard to Arita’s actions, the meeting resolved that the striker be suspended for two matches, with the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) being tasked with informing the player before the club’s next match.

The committee also took issue with center referee Peter Waweru’s failure to honor pre-match meetings as required and warned that stern action would be taken against the official if he persists with the action.

However, in an effort aimed at improving checks and balances, the meeting resolved to come up with a code of regulation to act as a guideline in dealing with poor officiating and introduce a score sheet to aid in evaluation of referees and match commissioners performances.

It was also agreed that issuing of certificates to newly recruited referees should be centralized, with each referee required to pay Ksh 1000 to the national office for the certificate and classification