Kitende banned from FEASSSA Games

Uganda’s Saint Mary’s Kitende have been banned from competing at the 2016 East African Secondary Schools Championships after physically assaulting referee François Ngarambe during the boys’ semi-final football match against Tanzania’s Alliance SS on Saturday.
Kitende players attack match referee Francois Ngarambe on Saturday. (Courtesy)
Kitende players attack match referee Francois Ngarambe on Saturday. (Courtesy)

Uganda’s Saint Mary’s Kitende have been banned from competing at the 2016 East African Secondary Schools Championships after physically assaulting referee François Ngarambe during the boys’ semi-final football match against Tanzania’s Alliance SS on Saturday.

Kitende, who had won the previous eight consecutive titles since 2007, lost the game 1-0 and, at full time, they roughed up the Rwandan centre referee claiming that he had denied them two clear penalties.

Besides the one-year ban from regional competitions, the 11-time champions Kitende were also handed a fine of US$ 1000, according to FEASSSA president Justus Mughisha.

“Kitende are not eligible for the 15th FEASSSA Games in Kenya next year, we made a decision last night (Saturday) in our technical meeting and agreed that a one-year ban and a fine of US$1000 was the most appropriate reprimand for their action,” Mughisha told Times Sport on Sunday.

The players named in assaulting Ngarambe include; Alfred Leku, Shaban Mohammed, Bashir Mutanda and Bashir Ashraf.

Masaka SS, also from Uganda, won the boys’ football title after edging out Alliance SS 4-3 on penalty shoot-outs following a 2-all draw in regular time. Champions Masaka had also thumped the Tanzanians 5-1 in the preliminary stages.

Kenya will host the 2016 edition. The just concluded 14th FEASSSA Games ran from August 16 to 23 in Huye and Gisagara districts in the Southern Province.

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