AFC Leopards' vows to boycott future matches officiated by referee James Kagera

Club chairman Alex Magelo confirms to that he has instructed the technical bench to walk out of any duel handled by the referee whom he accused of alleged bias

Kenya Premier League (KPL) side AFC Leopards have said they will boycott all future matches handled by center referee James Kagera.

Club chairman Alex Magelo said on Tuesday that he has instructed his technical bench to walk out of any match officiated by the referee whom he accuses of alleged bias.

“This referee (Kagera) always comes to our matches with a fixed mind that we should not win. We cannot take it anymore because we invest a lot in preparing our team to participate in league matches.”

“We have therefore, decided that we will boycott all future matches handled by him and I have instructed my technical bench to adhere to this,” Magelo told

He criticized the red card awarded to veteran striker Mike Barasa as unwarranted and wondered since when did a back pass become an off-side.

“We were surprised by the red card shown to Barasa by the same Kagera during Sunday's league match against Chemelil Sugar. He is one of the most disciplined players and has never had such issues. We have appealed against the card and demand that it be withdrawn.”

Leopards lodged an appeal against the red card on Monday but the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) is yet to make a ruling on the same.

The said match ended 1-1 and Leopards had to rely on a late penalty to come back into the tie after their opponents had taken an early lead.