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Rodolfo Zapata refuses to blame referee after AFC Leopards defeat to Gor Mahia

06:46 BST 26/08/2018
KPL match referee between AFC Leopards v Gor Mahia.
The Argentine coach congratulates K'Ogalo for winning a record 17th league title but stays clear off the referee's decisions

AFC Leopards coach Rodolfo Zapata says he will not blame the referee for not awarding a free-kick when Baker Lukooya was fouled in the build-up to Gor Mahia's second goal.

In the 39th minute, Samuel Onyango's double legged challenge caught the Ugandan, but the match officials opted against stopping play something that made Ingwe fans angry and as a matter of fact they protested bitterly.

The Argentine says he has no excuses for the outcome, and he has accepted the result of the game.

“I do not talk about referees, they are human beings and just like everybody else they make mistakes. But in the second goal, the foul against Lukooya was committed right next to me, it was in my side and I was surprised that it was not awarded.

“By that time, we were playing well, but the decision killed us; anyway no excuses, we lost. Congratulations to Gor Mahia and I wish them all the best in Caf Confederation Cup because they are representing Kenya,” Zapata told Goal.

The last time AFC Leopards won the league title was way back in 1998.