EXCLUSIVE: Former Sofapaka coach says he will contest a ruling by Caf to fine him US$ 10,000 (Ksh850, 000) for throwing a bottle at an officialEXCLUSIVE
By Dennis Mabuka
Former Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi has vowed to contest the decision by Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to hand him a four match ban for allegedly throwing a water bottle at an official during Kenya's match against Togo in Lome last year.
Speaking exclusively to Goal.com, Kimanzi confirmed that he did not commit the offense - throwing a water bottle following Kenya's 1-0 defeat to Togo during Match 16 of 2013 Afcon qualifier - and said "i will challenge the ruling."
"I did not throw a water bottle aiming at anyone...not even at a match official or a player but only that I hit a water bottle with my leg at the touchline out of frustration. I want to urge Caf to review the video of the match once more and it is obvious that i did not commit any offense."
"I will challenge the move soon because one thing for sure Caf reached at the decision to fine me hurriedly."
In its meeting held in Caf headquarters, Cairo on November 26, 2012, Caf Disciplinary Board examined documents related to some matches and came up with two decisions.
The former Mathare United and Sofapaka tactician was fined a whopping US$ 10,000 (Ksh850, 000) and banned for four (4) matches by Caf for throwing a water bottle at the 1st assistant referee, while protesting a decision.
Togo FA was not left out either and was also fined a similar amount, after their fans invaded the pitch after the game in celebration, which put players and officials at risk.