Leopards coach blames referee, missed chances in Zoo draw

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants AFC Leopards were forced to contend with a second winless outing when they played to a 1 – 1 draw with Zoo FC in the league match staged at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Wednesday 8 May, leaving head coach Cassa Andre Mbungo bemused.

Leopards led through Paul Were’s first half goal but a number of misses and a late goal from Johnson Ligare ensured Ingwe picks just a point despite being the favorites in the match.

Partly to blame

The Rwandan tactician, speaking after the game, noted that while his players lacked the necessary sharpness in front of goal, referee Josiah Awiti was partly to blame for decisions that derailed his team.

“It is a bit disappointing that we didn’t win the game despite taking an early lead and also getting a number of good chances. We will soldier on though because that is just part of the game of football.

“I however have to say that the officiating was not at the best standard and to some extent, this contributed to the result. We suffered the same way in Kakamega in our earlier match (against Mathare United) and dropped points, so I think this has to be addressed,” he said.

Missed penalties

In the game, Zoo FC’s Martin Elungat missed a penalty in the second half and later on Whyvonne Isuza would also miss from the spot.

The eventful day did not have a very good ending too, as police were forced to lob tear gas at rowdy AFC Leopards fans.