The infuriated Ulinzi Stars head coach, Benjamin Nyangweso has blamed the centre referee Dickens Mimisa for their 1-1 draw against Tusker FC at Ruaraka grounds.
Nyangweso boys had secured their chances of bagging the maximum points when Enosh Ochieng scored in the first half. However, Tusker’s Timothy Otieno responded by in the second-half equalizer which forced Ulinzi Stars to share the points.
According to Nyangweso, the centre referee Mimisa turned a ‘blind eye’ into a number of incidences which would have given Ulinzi stars an opportunity to take a lead.
“It feels like we have dropped the three points. We played well but the centre referee had a fixed mind. He frustrated my players every time they were chasing to win possession and made dubious calls,” the exasperated coach lamented.
The 2010 league winning coach also said that the absence of Harambee Stars striker, Oscar Wamalwa thickened his chances of nailing Tusker FC. The striker missed the game due to suspension after accumulating 5 yellow cards.
“Honestly, we felt the absence of Wamalwa, who has been consistent in front of goal. He combines well with Ochieng upfront but the latter played well as the lone forward,” added Nyangweso.
On the other hand, Tusker FC head coach also claimed that the absence of experienced midfielders Hashim Sempala and Humphrey Mieno. Sempala is suspended after picking 5 yellow cards while Mieon is on trials in Oman.
“We missed the services of Sempala and Mieno in midfield. They make the best pair and I had to go for relatively inexperienced replacements. We did not play well but we will seek to correct the mistakes we had in the match,” said Matano.
In a nutshell, both teams had equal chances to win despite the fact that the Ruaraka grounds was at its worst. Both teams should focus on winning the KPL title despite the challenges that can arise every day.