Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano is the latest football stakeholder to join the bandwagon questioning the level and nature of refereeing in the Kenyan game.
Matano was left fuming after a seemingly legitimate late goal that would have earned them a 1-0 win over Gor Mahia at the Thika Stadium on Saturday was scrapped off moments later after being awarded.
“This referee should not even be taken for training, he should be expelled and let other referees who are ready to do their work competitively be given the job. But these kinds of referees, this is nonsense. He cannot call himself a FIFA referee, I have been in this game for many years but I have never seen such, never,” Matano fumed after the final whistle.
The veteran tactician had introduced Jackson Macharia late in the game who scored the goal that was initially awarded by referee Anthony Ogwayo but later ruled it out after objects were pelted at him by Gor Mahia fans with the match ending prematurely.
“If it is a goal, it is a goal. No matter what they do, even if they kill you, you must stand for what is right and the law of the game, since it protects them too. No person should dictate the referee, not even the FIFA president,” the former AFC Leopards head coach ranted.
Despite being upset by the decision that denied them the opportunity to trim the gap between them and leaders Kakamega Homeboyz to eight points, the three-time league winner maintains the club will not appeal the decision.
“I cannot appeal to nonsense like that one, let them decide what they want to but that is not the way to play modern football. It is killing football,” Matano said.
Tusker are second on the FKF Premier League log with 42, ten adrift of Homeboyz with just eight games left to play.