NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) on
Wednesday registered a formal complaint with the Confederation of
African Football (CAF) over the standard of referring in Gor Mahia
FC’s Confederations Cup match against NA Hussein Dey last Sunday in
In a letter signed by general secretary and CEO
Robert Muthomi, the FKF slammed the performance of Malian referee
Boubou Traore during Gor’s 0-1 defeat to Hussein Dey in a Pool D
match as "falling way short of the standard that should be
Besides brandishing five yellow cards to the Kenyan champions,
Traore came under harsh criticism when he disallowed a seemingly
legitimate second-half goal from defender Shafik Batambuze that, had
it stood, would have seen the match end 1-1 with Gor still top of a
group that also contains Egyptian giants Zamalek FC, and Angolan
heavyweights Petro Atletico de Luanda.
However, as it was, Hussein Dey scaled to the top of the pool on
seven points, one ahead of the aggrieved Kenyans, with Zamalek and
Petro closing the standings on five and four points, to blow open
the race to finish in the top two and thus qualify for the
"We would like to single out the performance of the referee, Mr
"The specific criticism of his performance is during the 58th
minute where he disallowed a goal scored by the visiting team," the
FKF said in the letter dated March 4.
"From the video obtained from CAF, it is evident there was no
contact or infringement from the attacking players on the
goalkeeper, and neither was there an offside call, it being a corner
"As such, we would like to seek clarification from CAF as to why
the goal was disallowed," the FKF continued.
The Kenyan federation asked the continental football body to
consider the reports of the CAF Referee Assessor and Match
Commissioner, as well as reviewing the video of the incident to form
a view about "the acceptability of Mr Traore’s performance, and of
his suitability to referee future matches."
The incident in question sparked outrage in Kenya, with many past
stars and football fans flooding social media to slam CAF for the
dubious standards of officiating at continental tournaments,
suggesting a bias towards teams from North Africa, and noting that
it was not the first time that suspect officiating had caused anger
in this season’s continental competitions.
CAF was forced to deal with the bitter fall-out from a
hotly-contested North African derby between Ismaily of Egypt and
home side Club Africain of Tunisia in the CAF Champions League,
which turned chaotic and was abandoned in the 83rd minute with
Ismaily leading 2-1, when fans threw objects on the pitch after a
refereeing decision did not go the home team’s way.
On January 23, the governing body announced that Ismaily were
disqualified from the competition for the aggressive behavior of
their fans, which included consistently throwing rocks and water
bottles at the assistant referee and the away fans.
However, on February 10, Ismaily were reinstated on appeal, with
the Tunisians awarded a 3-0 victory that saw the Egyptian outfit
sink to the bottom of their pool.
Gor did not return to Kenya following their loss in Algiers,
instead traveling to Egypt on Monday to base themselves in
Alexandria before traveling to Cairo to face Zamalek on Sunday.
The record 17-time domestic title-holders stunned the five-time
African champions 4-2 in the opening round of Pool D action in
Nairobi on February 3.