George Opiyo, the KCB FC goalkeeper suspended for accosting a match official appeared before the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on Wednesday 15 June to plead for a reduced ban after the year long suspension slapped on him.
The keeper assaulted a referee after being sent off in the National Super League (NSL) clash against Zoo Kericho and pleaded with the federation that the ban was excessive, given football is the source for his livelihood.
The federation gave him an ear and has handed him a special role for the next six months to help sensitize players on the dangers of violent conduct.
He thanked the federation for listening to his plea and handing him a platform to enable him set the right example.
“I have learnt from my mistake and I am willing to ensure that no single player goes through what I have witnessed in my career because of something that can be easily avoided.
“I’m grateful for FKF for listening to my plea and giving me the platform to set things right not only for the good of the game but also for the hundreds of young players who look up to me,” added the player.
Confirming the agreement FKF CEO Robert Muthomi said: “It is true we have held talks with Opiyo and have agreed on a special program that will not only help him but also help mitigate against football violence.”