Questions are being raised by soccer followers how a Kariobangi Sharks player banned for six months for misconduct made it to the list of players called to the national team Harambee Stars.
Pascal Ogweno (pictured) has been banned for six games for snatching the center referee’s red card and tearing it during a Kenyan Premier League match against Mathare United in April.
“Having weighed the gross nature of the misconduct vis-à-vis the apology tendered, the committee hereby suspends the player for 6 games and any missed games on account of the red card to be counted as part of the 6 game ban. The club is responsible for gross misconduct of its players. The action by Pascal Ogweno amounts to gross misconduct and consequently, Kariobangi Sharks are hereby fined Kshs. 100,000/ and implored to reign in on such conduct in the future,” the Independent Disciplinary Committee of KPL stated.
Earlier the KPL had noted that Ogweno’s action is contrary to Rule 6 (i) Respect Match Officials, Rule 7.7 Assault on Match Officials of the Rules Governing Kenyan Football and is punishable under FIFA Disciplinary Code art. 49 par. 1 (a).
“It is further reported that after being red-carded, you refused to leave the field of play and only did so after being prevailed upon by your team-mates. You then went to sit in your club bus instead of the dressing room and had to be escorted to the dressing room to comply with the rule,” KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda had stated.
Yet still with such wanting discipline, the Kariobangi Sharks defender has been called to the national team by Stanley Okumbi who has previously been accused of picking players from his former club with little disregard to merit.
Kariobangi Sharks is owned by Football Kenya Federation president Nick Mwendwa who critics say bulldozes on selection of players to the national team especially from his club.