AFC Leopards head coach Patrick Aussems has lashed at the officiating following their 2-1 loss at home to Tusker in a Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League match at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.
AFC Leopards had battled from a goal down to go level, but Deogracious Ojok struck with virtually the last kick of the game to secure a 2-1 win for defending champions Tusker amid protests from the hosts who wanted the goal to be ruled out for offside.
Aussems made known his thoughts, insisting that his lads deserved at least a point from the fixture as he joins the bandwagon of those questioning the level of officiating in the Kenyan game.
“For me the score is 2-1 in favour of Tusker but you have seen the reaction of everybody. I saw your (media) clip and it was a clear offside and so we have been robbed,” he said.
The loss snapped up AFC Leopards’ 11-match unbeaten run, the club’s fans disgruntled after the final whistle but the Belgian tactician has called on the fan base to shun violence.
“It’s unfortunate that the unbeaten run of 12 matches has been stopped but we will now focus on winning the last games we have. I know they (fans) are disappointed but you know violence is not what will make everything right,” Aussems said.
Ingwe had last tasted defeat on January 15, falling 3-1 to William Muluya’s Kariobangi Sharks at the same venue.
They currently lie 10th on the FKF Premier League log with 35 points with only six matches to go and next face KCB on Saturday before visiting archrivals Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu six days later.