UCU Canons coach Nicholas Natureheza has refused to break ice on Kenyan centre Desmond Owili’s ban from basketball for 365 days for physically attacking Fuba referee Peter Kirabo after the 82-76 loss to Falcons last week.
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.
This newspaper tried to contact the youthful tactician whose team was dumped out of the Castle basketball plaoffs 2-1 by Gad Etau’s 2012 finalist refused to comment on the matter. “I can’t talk about that matter for now. We (UCU Canons) will come out when it is the right time,” he said.
Owili was found guilty of violating article 15.01 sub-section (b) of the Fuba rules and regulations.
The long term suspension for the Kenyan international player means he could lose his sports scholarship at the Uganda Christian University as well. UCU Canons lost in the quarter final to Falcons 2-1 and Owili was also seen fouling a player in off the ball incidence.
“We cannot tolerate this kind of indiscipline and some players need to be punished so that others can learn a big lesson,” FUBA Vice President in-charge of administration, Dr Patrick Ogwel said.