Homeboyz head coach Simon Odongo has faulted poor officiating as one of the factors that contributed to his team’s 36-27 loss to Impala over the weekend.
According to the coach the officiators displayed a lot of inconsistencies, saying his team was punished for mistakes which the referee overlooked when committed by Impala. The game saw the Deejays concede a massive 20 penalties that allowed Impala to take the points through Sammy Oliech and Xavier Bett.
“If the officiating is poor, it intimidates the players. Look at our track record, if you check the number of yellow cards and penalties we concede are less. But in this match we conceded over 20 penalties in a single match. In some instances there was a lot of inconsistencies. When some of the things happened at the other end, an advantage was awarded or he didn’t call anything.” Odongo was quoted after the match.
Odongo looked to turn the tables on Impala after the break by throwing in impetus from the bench in form of experienced players like Jeff Oluoch and Max Kang’eri, to no avail as the damage had already been done. They however caused problems to the Impala defence finding ways through now and then and increasing the momentum of the side significantly.
Homeboyz however will blame themselves for not being clinical enough many times, lacking the killer touch while in the striking zone. Many came out questioning the tactician’s decision to bench the experienced players and this is what he had to say.
“Our experienced guys are not that fit that is why they have to come off the bench. In the first half the game was full of penalties while in the second we did better.”