By David Karanja
Three FIFA accredited referees are among six top referees who have been demoted and will not be officiating in the first leg of the SportsPesa Premier League expected to kick off this weekend.
The three referees failed the endurance test while others failed theoretical classes conducted last week in Nairobi.
Among those who will sit out the first leg of the 2016 season include: Nassur Doka, Sylvester Kirwa and Tabitha Wambui.
Others are: Michael Mwangi, Hassan Omondi and David Otian’ga.
Stating that there was need to placate the public image following last year’s cases of biased officiating in the Kenyan Premier League, senior FIFA instructor Edward Lumbugu revealed that they have recruited 22 centre referees and 22 assistant referees who are perceived to be of high moral standing.
However it’s not the end of the road for the devalued lot for they still have a chance of getting back in the game by attending the mid season trials.
Meanwhile, AC Milan coach Sinisa Mihajlovic has stressed that he expects more from Mario Balotelli, but believes the Italy international is on his way back.
Balotelli recently made his comeback after a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a groin injury, but has yet to make a major impact.
The 25-year-old netted the winner in the Coppa Italia semi-final first leg victory over Alessandria, but has not scored in five substitute appearances in Serie ‘A’ since his comeback and again failed to impress in Milan’s 1-1 draw with Udinese at the weekend.
Mihajlovic has now admitted that he is not satisfied with Balotelli’s form, but is confident the striker will start delivering again when he returns to peak fitness.