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CAF suspends Amrouche for one year

22 July 2014, 08:49

Nairobi - Confederation of African Football (CAF) have slapped a one-year suspension to Kenya's head coach Adel Amrouche for his indiscipline behavior against a match official.

The move has triggered an excitement among coaches preying on the position as the country is involved in the 2015 Africa Nations Cup qualification campaign.

In a letter to Football Kenya Federation (FKF), the continental soccer governing body Secretary General Hicham El Amrani said the move to suspend Amrouche was reached after finding him guilty of spitting at a match official.

Amrouche is accused of spitting at the fourth official during Kenya's match against Comoros last month in Comoros, an offence that saw him get sent off. CAF will however not fine the Belgian coach.

"The suspension is effective from the first day of the notification namely July 20, 2014," said El Amrani in the letter to FKF.

Amrouche is still away in Maseru where Kenya had travelled to compete against Lesotho in the Africa Nations Cup qualifier match. Kenya lost the match 1-0 and will hold the southern Africa side in Nairobi in a fortnight.

The coach had earlier been slapped with a two-match suspension pending the submission of the matter to the CAF Disciplinary Board.

The board chaired by Raymond Hack from South Africa had its sitting last Thursday at CAF headquarters in Cairo where the decision was passed to ban the Kenyan coach for a year.

In its ruling, the board found Amrouche guilty of breaching article 129 (c) of its rules which provides for a 12 match ban to anyone spitting at a match official.

The letter further states that the decision will be forwarded to the world governing body FIFA, which may extend the sanction internationally. This might lock Amrouche out of any coaching job for the duration of his suspension.

"The decision can be contested before CAF appeal board. The party intending to appeal shall announce this intention in writing within three days of notification of the decision," said the letter from CAF.

However, FKF chairman Sam Nyamweya said he is not aware of the suspension.

"It is true we had appealed against the two match suspension slapped on Amrouche because we felt it was unfair. We are still waiting for an answer from CAF on the matter," said Nyamweya.

Amrouche was hired last year in February, taking over from Henri Michel from France, who quit after seven months in office.

 - Xinhua

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