Coach Pieter De Jong accuses referee David Mulongo for biased officiating as Western Stima's Henry Omino praises his charges for containing Ingwe
AFC Leopards coach Hendrik Pieter De Jong has hit out at center referee David Mulongo, who handled Wednesday night’s Kenyan Premier League match against Western Stima for showing bias.
Speaking to Goal after their barren draw at Nyayo Stadium, De Jong said he felt let down by some of the decisions made by the referee whom he accused of coming into the match with a fixed mind.
“His performance was below par in both halves. At some point he only awarded a yellow card to a Stima player when he should have sent him off. That was totally wrong of the referee and it cost us many chances.”
De Jong however, admitted that his players had wrong mentality especially in the first half and did not give their best. “It did not look to me like they wanted to badly win this match. I made it clear to them during the half time break that I was not pleased with their performance.”
Western Stima coach Henri Omino paid a glowing tribute to his players for managing to contain AFC Leopards. Stima managed to hold their opponents to a barren draw and finish first leg in seventh position after collecting 21 points.
“Our strategy was to frustrate AFC Leopards in the midfield and it worked perfectly. We denied them an opportunity to create chances and apart from the corners they got, they were no other chances for them.”
He added: “We were playing against a very improved side and the signing of Humphrey Mieno from Sofapaka has made them even better. He is a very creative player but today we managed to slow him down.”