Wazito Football Club are yet to register a win three matches into the new 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season- their latest outcome in fact, is a 1-0 loss to AFC Leopards at the Bukhungu Stadium on Saturday and coach Fred Ambani lays blame on the matchday refereeing.
Ambani was particularly irked by the penalty decision that handed Ingwe the win and throws it all on poor officiating. His players did all they could he insists.
”There are these new rules that are in place. If it was intentional, he should have been penalized and given a yellow card. The referee knows it was not intentional and does not give a card but awards a penalty. Has he not read the new rules?” Ambani questions in a post-match press conference.
The Saturday contest had Leopards dominating the first half with Wazito- playing host on the day, just managing a few chances in the Ingwe box. The second half, however, evenly balanced out but an apparent handball in the box went Leopards’ way at the expense of captain Bernard Ochieng much to the protestations by Wazito players. They felt it was an unfair call, their coach too felt this way.
”I ask the federation to look into the matter of refereeing, they shouldn’t come into matches with fixed minds. It does not help. We want to build Kenya but we can’t do it with the kind of officiating we have seen today,” continues Ambani.
Wazito have collected two points in their opening three- two draws against Nzoia Sugar and Western Stima. In these matches, they also played well according to the team’s technical bench. The Leopards clash, however, took the moneybags too long to get into the game but Ambani says they spotted a few weaknesses and corrected them at the break.
”Getting many chances affected us and it’s not like my players played badly. They did well.
”At half time we talked about Leopards’ weaknesses and stabilized our midfield,” he adds.
The team that recently made a return to the top flight Kenyan Premier League next travels to Zoo FC in Kericho, a venue that has always favored them even in the lower tiers and will be on the lookout for their first set of three points.
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