FKF suspend Sony chairman Orato

Sony players celebrate a goal at Nyayo Stadium. (Image: Courtesy)

Sony Sugar chairman Paul Orato is the latest to suffer the wrath of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) who slapped him with a six-month ban for failing to show up for a national executive council meeting where he was summoned to explain his latest outburst on the federation.

Orato’s relationship with FKF has soured recently following the push and pull revolving around the disputed Sony versus AFC Leopards match with Orato accusing FKF of being unfair to them and lenient to Ingwe.

The KPL governing council in which Orato sits, had decided to have the troubled match replayed this past Wednesday in Kisumu but FKF stepped in and called it off pending a decision by its appeals committee.

Subsequently, Orato was summoned by FKF to substantiate his claims, but he never showed up.

“We have made the decision to suspend him from all football activities for six months for failing to respect this institution and honouring our summons. If Sony insist on him remaining as their chairman, they will be banned as well,” said FKF boss Sam Nyamweya.

Orato had also accused the federation of causing confusion in the running of the league, interfering with KPL decisions and showing lack of respect.

“It appears that FKF and your office (FKF CEO Michael Esakwa) in particular were more dissatisfied by the ruling (to have the match replayed) than AFC Leopards. You should come out clearly and declare your interests and/or FKF’s interests,” read part of Orato’s letter to FKF.

Efforts to get Orato’s comments were futile as his phone was switched off.

At the same NEC meeting, Mathare United chairman Bob Munro was pardoned but reprimanded after he appeared before the NEC after being accused of using the KPL to fight Nyamweya and his leadership style.