16 November 2013

UGANDA : Owili banned for one year

Owili (L) fouls Oilers’ Kami Kabangu with one hand and tries to steal
Owili (L) fouls Oilers’ Kami Kabangu with one hand and tries to steal the ball with the other in a regular season clash at Lugogo. Owili’s Ugandan fans won’t see him in action for a year. Photo by Ismail Kezaala  Kampala- Desmond Owili knows he should never have swung his arm in the direction of umpire Peter Kirabo last Sunday.

Now, the UCU Canons Kenyan centre has been banned for 365 days, precisely one year for abusing and physically assaulting a Fuba referee after the 82-76 loss to Falcons.
The four-member competitions council found Owili guilty of violating article 15.01 sub-section (b) of the Fuba rules and regulations.

The ban runs from November 13, 2013 to November 14, 2014. “You shall be suspended for 365 days,” the letter signed by council head Sande Manano reads in part. “During this time, you will not be allowed to do any of the following; attend any Fuba organized activities.                
“Register with any team in the Fuba leagues as a player, coach or manager. And or associate with Fuba in any other ways not highlighted here.”
Just like Owili’s actions, the disciplinary measure is unprecedented.
But while the ban is hefty, it could be a case of Fuba trying to clamp down on extreme cases of indiscipline

As the clock wound down in Game Three of the quarterfinals and his team already beaten, Owili elbowed Falcons’ Geoff Omondi in the spine. He wanted more. When the buzzer sounded, he then hit the umpire Kirabo on the chin before walking passed the officials’ table warning them, “I am the one.”Inconsistency
Fuba have not been known to be strict disciplinarians as players have often fought or got involved and those incidents have been brushed under the carpet.
Consistency is a paradox that has dominated debates within teams and highly unlikely that UCU will appeal decision as coach Nicholas Natuhereza chose to stay silent.

“The rules are there so people should read them instead of arguing without information,” Donnan Byabazeire, the council secretary, told Saturday Monitor.
During the same UCU-Falcons series, the former’s Martin Okwako and the latter’s Serge Kabangu fought in Game One and were banned for four games.

In the series involving Riham Warriors and Ndejje University Angels, Andrew Okot and Jeje Chaka, players in those respective teams, were involved in an altercation.
Chaka stepped on Okot and he stood up enraged only for teammates to hold them back before the fist-fight could start. Both were exonerated.

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