Referee Omweno Among 3 Suspended by CAF

Kenya’s leading referee Davies Ongenche Omweno has attracted a 3-month suspension from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following questionable decisions he and his assistants made during the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Libya and Tunisia.

Omweno was the center referee when the two North African nations clashed on Friday, November 11 in a match that ended 0-1 in favor of Tunisia.

CAF faulted Omweno’s performance, citing wrong positioning and movement, incorrect identification of fouls and failure to take some disciplinary actions as his major undoings in the match.

Omweno’s assistants weren’t left off the hook either. Eritrea’s Berhe O’Michael who was the first assistant referee also attracted a 3-month ban for a ‘poor performance’ which included making a wrong offside call that denied Libya a valid goal. Rwanda’s Theogene Ndagijimana attracted a warning with Caf saying he missed ‘multiple basic offside decisions which denied teams promising attacks.’

Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey has also been slapped with a three-month ban for his performance in the South Africa versus Senegal match which the former won 2-1. CAF said that Odartei awarded a wrong penalty for a handball despite the fact that the ball never touched the hand of the player.

The suspensions mean that Omweno, O’Michael and Odartei will all be unavailable for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which kick off in January.

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