Harambee Stars pay full price for Covid-19 violation. Namely, the refusal to take tests before a game. As a result, Kenya fielded four infected players against the Comoros. It was in November, during the qualifiers for the CAN 2021. Thus, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) suspended two of its officials. But also, fines the Kenyan Football Federation (FKF).
The CAF prohibits Barry Otieno and Ronny Oyando of all activities related to soccer. This, for 6 months. They are, respectively, the SG of the FKF and the manager of the Harambee Stars. Both managers are guilty of refusing and then delaying Covid-19 PCR tests before the match. Their conduct resulted in the team being fined $20,000 (10.8 million FCFA).
"The test results arrived a few minutes before kick-off, during the warm-up, due to the delay," CAF recalls. Four players tested positive ((including Captain Victor Wanyama) took part in the game.
Risking contamination of the opposing team. As well as their teammates and all officials involved in the 94 game of the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations," said the CAF.
Barry Otieno denies, of course, the accusations that he was considering his options. "I have just become aware of the allegations. I will consult internally on the next steps," he said. Nevertheless, I want to state that everyone who was present at the incident, including the match commissioner, knows that what has been alleged is not true. Notwithstanding this, CAF has made a decision and as a member, we will abide by it".
It's all for nothing. Kenya bows down, (2-1) after having drawn (1-1). The match, counting for the qualifications of the CAN 2021, took place in Moroni. It was on November 15, 2020. Third, five lengths behind Egypt and Comoros (8 points), Kenya is on the verge of elimination.