KENYA PROTEST FIFA BAN ON GOALIE, ORIGI VS NIGERIA

Football Federation of Kenya, FKF have protested the suspension of Harambee Stars goalkeeper, Arnold Origi from the June 5 FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying reverse fixture against the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the 60,000-seater Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

FIFA had in a letter dated April 4,2013 informed the FKF both Origi and Oliech will be unavailable for the must-win clash for Kenya.

The letter from the Fifa disciplinary committee and signed by Deputy Secretary, Thomas Hug, also ÔÇÿbrought it to the attention of FKF that four Kenyan players, Johanna Omollo, Arnold Origi, Francis Kahata and Dennis Oliech had been yellow-carded during KenyaÔÇÖs match against Nigeria in Calabar.

ÔÇ£Among these four players, please note Oliech and Origi are not eligible to feature in the subsequent match, having been cautioned in two separate games,ÔÇØ the letter read in part.

The 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying rules state: ÔÇ£A player would be suspended for the subsequent match in the competition for either getting a red card or accumulating two yellow cards in two different matches.
Single yellow cards and suspensions for yellow card accumulations do not carry over to the 2014 World Cup tournament matches if a team qualifies.ÔÇØ

FKF Chief Executive Officer, Michael Esakwa, however, confirmed that the body had ÔÇÿexercised the optionÔÇÖ of petitioning Fifa within two days of receiving the letter.

ÔÇ£Origi has told me that besides the Nigeria caution, he received the other yellow card in the match against Seychelles. To the best of my knowledge, that was a pre-qualifying match. This is one of the issues, I want to clarify,ÔÇØ Esakwa told Daily Nation.