The ripples caused by Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho in his new Cyprus club, Anorthosis Famagusta has not abated.
Uzoho was slammed with a match ban and a fine of $1000 for presenting invalid medical certificate.
In addition to the penalty meted out to Uzoho, his club forfeited the match, which it won 1-0 against Apollon Limaasol, and also got a six-point deduction bringing the total loss to nine points. The 1-0 win turned to a 0-3 loss.
Now the first division club is protesting the penalty. Uzoho transferred to the club on loan from Deprtivo at the close of January transfer window in Europe. The medical certificate was allegedly issued to Uzoho while he was still on board of a flight to Cyprus, a day ahead of the February 2 fixture against Apollon.
Apollon complained Uzoho only arrived on the Mediterranean island shortly before 4.00 pm (1400 GMT) local time on Friday February 1, yet the national sports office that issues medical certificates closed at 2.30 pm.
Anorthosis’ club doctor Kyriacos Yiangou was one of three people arrested and released by police over the health card held by Uzoho,
The points deductions are due to come into effect eight days after Monday’s ruling which sees Apollon leapfrog arch-rivals Apoel Nicosia to top Cyprus’ league table, ahead of the two sides’ crunch game on Sunday.