Harambee Stars lost 1-0 and the lead striker says they could have performed much better had the match been handled by a 'neutral' refereeThe Kenyan national team's contingent in Tanzania has been quick to parade out 'reasons' for the side's below par performance and result against the hosts Taifa Stars.
Kenya lost the friendly duel played in Mwanza 1-0, and captain Dennis Oliech says the Harambee Stars could have performed much better had the match been handled by 'neutral' referees and match commissioner.
Kenya, who went into the match minus the services of key players Victor Wanyama (Celtic, Scotland) and goalkeeper Arnold Origi (Norway), found the going tough and conceded in the 7th minute after stand in custodian Jeremy Onyango- who was guilty of the goal Gor Mahia conceded against Thika United on Saturday- fumbled what seemed an easy shot to allow Azam defender Aggrey Morris scramble in from a goal mouth melee.
"This match involves Kenya against Tanzania, yet its a Tanzanian referee officiating. We had several instances (during the game) where we felt hard done by. After the match several (Kenyan) players were complaining. Next time the federation should address this ( a 'neutral' referee)," Oliech told Goal.com.
In October, Kenya invited Tanzanian whistle blowers to officiate the Harambee Stars' friendly against South Africa in Nairobi. The Bafana Bafana triumphed 2-1.
Wednesday's result is sure to up the pressure on Kenyan coach Henri Michel who posted a second consecutive defeat since taking over.
Focus for the Kenyan team will now shift to the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup scheduled for Uganda later this month, and the African Nations Championships (Chan) qualifiers.