Bidco United head coach Anthony Akhulia has turned down the opportunity to join the bandwagon castigating Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League referees after a series of officiating howlers that hit the climax on Saturday, March 5.
Akhulia and his side were also on the receiving end of sickening calls by the man of the whistle in their 2-0 win over Nairobi City Stars, their first win in six matches.
First Bidco painfully watched Geoffrey Gitau was sent off by centre referee Caroline Wanjala before again she awarded Simba wa Nairobi a highly contentious penalty that was missed by City Stars’ Nicholas Kipkirui much to the relief of the Oilers.
Despite the controversial showing by Wanjala, Akhulia has chosen to remain quiet about the decisions of match officials which have been on the receiving end for days now.
“I can’t talk much about officiating, the referees did what they felt was right, to me it’s fine even if we start talking about the red card, it’s Odera who fought but both of them were given a red card,” Akhulia said.
Kipkirui saw his penalty saved by Bidco FC goalkeeper Brian Opondo, before Wanjala ordered for the penalty to be retaken only for Opondo to parry it away for the second time.
The former midfielder was full of praise for his goalkeeper as his heroics secured the win for Bidco united who are having their second season in the Kenyan top flight.
“There’s nothing much we can do, the penalties were again the referees’ decision but I would want to congratulate the goalkeeper for saving the two penalties,” the tactician said.
Bidco United are 14th on the log with 23 points from 20 games and are next away to Nzoia Sugar on Wednesday.