NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Rugby Football Club title-winning Head Coach, Curtis Olago has been slapped with a hefty seven and a-half-month ban for assaulting a referee.
At the same time, second-division Resolution Kisii forward Abel Mong’eni was handed a nine-month ban backdated to April 18.
Olago, who led the Lions to the Kenya Cup and Enterprise Cup double last season, was found guilty of attacking referee Karimi Mwangi at the Dala 7s tournament in Kisumu nine months ago.
The Kenya Rugby Union Judicial Panel headed by Willy Ombisi unanimously agreed in delivering the damning verdict that last October’s incident was indeed the fault of the accused.
“In pursuant to R20.10.1(c), the Person is suspended from all Rugby activity for a period of 30 weeks, effective from the date of this decision (6 June, 2017),” read the judgement in part.
The panel noted that the issues between Olago and Mwangi, who is also the Kenya Rugby Referee Society Chairman dates back to a Kenya Cup match last year.
“I will take my punishment but that doesn’t mean I will not raise my voice whenever such vices are repeated. Biased officiating is not good for the game,” the defiant Olago said.
Mong’eni was found guilty of attacking referee David Ng’etich at the close of the side’s KRU Championship 6-3 semi-final win over USIU on April 8.
Judicial Officer Bernard Itebete delivered the verdict.