30 November 2012

Kenya: FKF Pardons Were and Omondi

Two players who were expelled from Kenya's national team currently playing at the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup over indiscipline will face no further disciplinary action.

AFC Leopards winger, Paul Were and Gor Mahia midfielder, Kevin Omondi were ordered back home on Wednesday by stand in coach James Nandwa after they broke team curfew following the team's 2-0 win over Southern Sudan on Tuesday.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) declared on Friday that it had "pardoned the two Harambee Stars players sent back home from Kampala, Uganda for misconduct and would like the matter to come to


According to the FKF, further action will not be taken "after the duo apologised to the federation and the country at large.

"Were and Omondi have each personally apologized to me and sent similar apologies to all Kenyans for their actions that led to

their suspension from the national team in Kampala," FKF boss Sam Nyamweya announced.

"As human beings when someone shows remorse, the best thing is to forgive.

We have decided to pardon them and give them another chance.

"The federation will not be taking any further disciplinary action on the players as earlier

announced and they remain available for national team selection in future," he added.

Nyamweya urged their clubs to refrain against taking retrospective action against the players.

"The federation would like to bring the matter to a swift end and don't want

anyone including their clubs to condemn the players, because the incident

occurred when the players were with the national team and the federation has

dealt with the issue accordingly."

Were was substituted against Southern Sudan after spurning a number of scoring opportunities while Omondi was a stalwart in midfield as Kenya recovered from 1-0 opening defeat to hosts Uganda to revive their hopes.

A draw against Ethiopia later Friday will be enough to send them through to the quarterfinals.

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