‘That should have been a red card! ’Korea berates “poor officiating” in KCB defeat

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FKFPL ‘That should have been a red card! ’Korea berates “poor officiating” in KCB defeat

Mark Kinyanjui 11:09 - 28.05.2023

KCB custodian Bryne Omondi was only booked despite clearly handling the ball outside his area.

Mathare United head coach Charles Omondi Korea has slammed the standard of officiating in his side’s 1-0 defeat to KCB in a league match played at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday afternoon.

Mathare United dominated the match and created the better goal scoring opportunities, but were punished by their profligacy and questionable refereeing decisions.

Fans, journalists and netrals alike were amazed at how the referee failed to send off KCB keeper Bryne Omondi after he handled the ball outside the 18-yard box, instead booking him.

Our performance was below par,” he said, “We did not score a goal despite playing well and creating the better chances, “ he added.

“At the end of the day, whoever scores the goals wins all three points. We created a lot of chances but were not ruthless enough. When we got to the final third, we were not putting the ball in the back of the net.

:”My has been improving, but I am far from pleased because I am still in the relegation places and the points we have are not enough to keep us safe. If I do not get a win, there is nothing to be pleased or happy about.

“The officiating was also poor today. The ball was outside our area for the throw-in leading up to the goal, but it was thrown in our area. For the second game in a row, refereeing mistakes have cost me the match.

“That should have been a red card! Whenever you touch the ball outside the box, that is a straight sending off. We respect the referee’s decision though. I will not say anything else that will land me in trouble.”

Mathare United are 17th on 22 points, two adrift of safety, but have played a game more than Wazito who will face Bandari at the Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa on Sunday afternoon.