The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has fined Kenya KSh1 million after top dignitaries breached security protocols during a qualifier match.
After Harambee Stars drew 1:1 against Comoros on November 11, 2020, Deputy President William Ruto and former prime minister Raila Odinga decided to talk to the Kenyan team, entering the pitch which is against CAF’s protocols.
According to the African football governing body, DP Ruto and Raila forcefully entered the pitch using their heavy security details.
“The Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya and the former prime minister decided to talk to the Kenyan team at zone 1,” says CAF. “The dignitaries had heavy security attached to them. They barged through the stewards arranged by CAF security officer.”
In terms of the CAF Statutes & Regulations; in terms of Articles 82, 83.1, 83.2 AND 151 of CAF Disciplinary Code, “CAF Disciplinary Board decided to impose upon the Kenyan Federation a financial sanction of 10.000 USD (Ten Thousand US Dollars).”
In the match played at Kasarani Stadium, Youssouf M’Changama had put Comoros ahead at the 26th minute, with Masoud Juma equalising at the 65th minute to save Kenya the blushes at home.
DP Ruto gave a word of encouragement to Kenyan players, urging them to work even harder to beat Comoros in the return leg in Moroni- a match that Kenya would lose 2:1 after all.
On that, Ruto gave the national team KSh1 million as motivation.
“This [money] is meant for your dinner, but we will further appreciate you if you give us a positive outcome on Sunday. The COVID-19 situation has not made it easy for most of you since you have not trained for some time, but the spirit is there and with better preparations, I am sure you will perform even better,” Ruto told the players.