Against Gor Mahia we were robbed, Matano says

Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano had a really low regard for FIFA Referee Caroline Wanjala after his team’s 0 – 1 loss at the hands of Gor Mahia at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday 27 February.

Nicholas Kipkirui’s goal was enough for win the points from Gor Mahia but a fuming Matano left the pitch dissatisfied, with the biggest chunk of his complaints placed at the referee.

Contested goal

First, the coach felt Kipkirui’s goal was wrongly disallowed after the forward headed in a well delivered corner in a congested area, and though Jackson Macharia headed the ball out, television replays showed it had already crossed the line.

“This was daylight robbery,” Matano quipped. “She allowed a goal that hadn’t crossed the line from Gor Mahia, which is very unfair on us.”

Disallowed goal

In an eventful midweek outing, Matano’s side saw a goal ruled out when Bill Oporia rose to head home what he though was the equalizer late in the game.

Soon after, no penalty was awarded after a shot from Oporia hit Philemon Otieno in the hand, in the box, leaving Matano infuriated.

“She went on to deny us a clean goal and a penalty. She was clearly biased,” he added.


The coach however conceded that his side was also guilty of big misses, which would have changed the face of the game and promised to work on that ahead of the next game.