Wise blasts ‘trigger – happy’ referee


Nairobi City Stars stand in coach Dennis Wise Okoth was not too happy with the levels of officiating in his team’s game against Bandari FC on Saturday 3 October as the Kawangware side went on to lose 1 – 2 at the Mombasa County Stadium.

The Nairobi side conceded goals from its former players David Kingatua and Anthony Kimani but the coach was mad that the referee of the day George Mwai was too keen on unleashing cards and penalizing his team in most of the occasions.

The coach lamented over the decision to send off his player Yusuf Suf midway through the second half even as it appeared that he was the player fouled and Okoth called on the league management to rein in on poor officiating.

“We did not lose the game to Bandari, the real sense of matters is that we lost to the referee and it is a big disappointment that at this level we have referees only happy to unleash cards on players.

“The worst part of it all is that he sent off a player that had been fouled. How do you send off a player who has been fouled? Seriously we need better referees in the KPL,” he said.

With the loss, the threat of being relegated is now real but the coach believes with three wins in the remaining three matches, safety could be guaranteed.

“Apart from that, I want to congratulate my players for a great game despite all the challenges. We cannot do anything about the result; we can only plan for wins in the remaining matches and see how it all goes,” he added.