Suspended AFC Leopards' striker Mike Barasa to miss league match against Sony Sugar on Friday

Kenya Premier League CEO Jack Oguda confirms to it will not be possible to have the striker's red card overturned because the disciplinary committee is yet to meet

By Otieno Otieno

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jack Oguda has quashed any hopes of AFC Leopards having back suspended striker Mike Barasa for their next league match.

Barasa was red carded by centre referee James Kagera during the second half of AFC Leopards’ opening match of the season against Chemelil Sugar at Moi Kasarani on Sunday prompting Ingwe to appeal for the same to be overturned.

Oguda confirmed to on Tuesday that they (KPL) had indeed received a letter from the club concerning the red card but said their disciplinary committee will only sit after five days ending any hopes of the player being available for the team’s next fixture against Sony Sugar at the same venue on Friday.

“We have received the appeal from AFC Leopards’ top brass wanting the red card rescinded but normally it takes five days to be looked at and that is the process,” said Oguda.

Oguda at the same time warned that Leopards will be penalized if they boycott any of their matches handled by referee on the spot - Kagera.

Oguda said the club will forfeit any match they skip and asked them to follow the laid down rules regarding protests.

“The best they can do is to play under protest because if they boycott, they will automatically forfeit the points at stake. That is the price they will have to pay and I am not sure they want to do that.”

He was reacting to a statement by Leopards chairman Alex Magelo who said on Tuesday that the club will not feature in any matches handled by Kagera. Magelo claimed the referee always handles their matches with a fixed mind after he controversially red carded veteran striker Barasa.