Gor Mahia coach McKinstry furious with officiating after Ulinzi Stars draw

FKFPL Gor Mahia coach McKinstry furious with officiating after Ulinzi Stars draw

Festus Chuma 13:11 - 19.02.2023

The tactician feels an officiating decision changed the face of the match.

Gor Mahia head coach Jonathan McKinstry has expressed his displeasure with the match officials after he saw his side draw 1-1 with Ulinzi Stars at the Nyayo National Stadium.

The Northern Irishman believes they deserved a penalty when Benson Omala was tackled by a Ulinzi defender Bonaventure Muchika inside the box.

McKinstry was visibly distraught in the post-match press conference as he lamented on referee Peter Kamaku's officiating.

"We scored a good goal.. but I don't know how it was not a penalty towards the end of the first half. If you go through it, the defender takes his leg but the referee booked Omala for diving.

I said to the fourth official, and I think they will be embarrassed when they will have a look at that back because they got that wrong. It was a penalty," said the former Uganda Cranes head coach.

McKinstry, however, admitted that the game against Ulinzi Stars was tough and warned other teams not to underrate the four-time league champions.

"It was an extremely physical game, and we expected that from Ulinzi, and they came out as steam trains.

In the first ten minutes, we survived because they came very hard, but in some way, we were disappointed with the draw. We had three chances in the game, scored a good goal, and Austin Odhiambo got the other one.

We take a point as one can't win every game, and Ulinzi will take a lot of points from many teams," added McKinstry.

Image: Gor Mahia

Gor took the lead in the first stanza after Bonventure Muchika turned the ball into his net, but Ulinzi salvaged a point with a late effort from Masita Masuta.

The point moves K'Ogalo up to 34 points from 15 games, two points above second-placed Nzoia Sugar FC.