National team Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimnzi has been slapped with a two-match suspension following his unsportsmanship conduct.
Kimanzi was handed the tough punishment by Cecafa effectively ruling him out of two crucial matches at the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda.
According to Cecafa, Kimanzi should not be seen anywhere near the StarTimes Stadium when Harambee Stars take on Sudan on Tuesday and on Saturday when his charges take on Zanzibar.
Kimanzi is accused of chasing a match 4th official from the dressing room minutes before Harambee Stars faced it off with Tanzania.
The drama before #HarambeeStars vs Tazania #CECAFA2019 match the kick off.🇰🇪Head coach Francis Kimanzi who had received a 2 matches ban is said to have protested 🇹🇿 fielding players who are not eligble.
— Grace Mwelu (@Gmwelu) December 9, 2019
Cecafa Secretary General, Nicholas Musonye, in a statement released on Monday, December 9, explained that Kimanzi had also delayed kick-off time by almost 10 minutes in their opening fixture of the tourney on Sunday, December 8.
A two-match ban for Harambee Stars Coach Francis Kimanzi for allegedly causing delay in kick off of their Cecafa opening match against Tanzania yesterday in Uganda. Kimanzi says the opponents did not have the required documents. pic.twitter.com/78JuicVJXA
— Cellestine Rebecca (@cellie_beckie) December 9, 2019
Harambee went ahead and beat Tanzania 1-0.
Further, Harambee Stars has been accused of vandalizing the dressing room after the team locked itself in the room and broke locks.
Assistant coach Zedekiah Otieno will be in charge of the team in the next two matches but he is also under a strict warning for his unsportsmaship character just like his boss Kimanzi.