Football Kenya Federation (FKF) wants the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to look into the competence of Malian referee Boubou Traore after questionable officiating in a Caf Confederations Cup match.
FKF has since petitioned the continental football body over the poor officiating in a Caf Confederation Cup match between Gor Mahia and Hussein Dey last Sunday.
FKF now want Traore, who disallowed Shafik Batambuze’s equaliser in Gor Mahia’s 1-0 defeat to Hussein Dey away in Algiers to be barred from officiating in future high profile games.
Traore whose judgment has come under sharp scrutiny since the incident where he also carded up to four Gor Mahia players, waved off a Batambuze’s 58th-minute equaliser after the Ugandan headed home a Francis Kahata’s corner for what could have turned changed the outcome of the match.
The Malian, however, claimed that there was an infringement on the goalkeeper. Video replays, however, gave a contrasting picture showing that Hussein Dey’s keeper actually collided with his teammate.
“We would like to single out the performance of the Centre Referee, Boubou Traore. The specific criticism of his performance is during the 58th minute where he disallowed a goal scored by the visiting team from a corner kick.
“From the video obtained from Caf on the match highlights, it is evident that there was no contact/infringement from the attacking players on the goalkeeper neither was there an offside call, being a corner kick and as such, we would like to seek clarification from Caf as to why the goal was disallowed,” read part of the letter signed by FKF CEO Robert Muthomi.
“We hope that you will carefully consider the reports of the Caf Referee Assessor for the match and look at the TV recording of the match to form a view about the acceptability of Traore’s performance, and of his suitability to referee future matches.”
The defeat left Gor Mahia with a daunting task of winning all the remaining two games in order to qualify for the quarterfinals. K’Ogalo are currently camping in Egypt in readiness for Sunday’s clash against the host- Zamalek.
Hassan Oktay will wind up the group campaign with a home fixture against Petro Atletico of Angola in the final Group D match on March 17.