Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Mathare United will have to do without the services of head coach Francis Kimanzi on the touchline for a period of one month after the Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC) found him guilty of refusing to leave the technical area after being sent off by the referee in a league match in the 2016 season.
The game in question is that of Mathare United and Sofapaka where Kimanzi caused a 17 minutes stoppage by refusing to go to the stands following his send off by the referee of the day Anthony Ongwayo in the clash staged at the Nyayo Stadium on November 5; the clash ending in a 2-2 draw. The coach has also been fined a sum of Ksh 50,000 for his troubles.
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Bans and fines are nothing new to Kimanzi if earlier incidences are anything to go by.
In early May 2010 Kimanzi was handed six months ban by the Independent Disciplinary Appeals Committee (IDAC) after he was accused of holding the shirt of a linesman soon after a tense clash between Mathare United and Sofapaka on 21st April. It ended 0-0.
Earlier in March 2009 Kimanzi had been suspended from sitting on the technical bench in two Mathare Premier League matches after being found guilty of invading the pitch. He was also fined Sh350,000 suspended for nine months - he was to pay if involved in similar incidents within that period.
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Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi has been given a one month touchline ban and ordered to pay Sh50,000 fine by the League’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee (IDCC).
The committee found Kimanzi guilty of refusing to leave the technical area as ordered by the referee and holding up play for17 minutes during Mathare United’s league game against Sofapaka at Nyayo Stadium on November 5.
KPL had charged Kimanzi with misconduct as covered in Rules 7.1(i) and (ix) of the Rules of Kenyan Football.
Mathare United comes against Ulinzi Stars in their next league tie.
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