13 Feb, 09:30
Relegated side Western Stima beat Modern Coast Rangers 2-0 over the weekend while debutants Green Commandos shared the spoils with Coast Stima on one all draw at Bukhungu stadium on Monday 12th February.
While Modern Coast Rangers coach Abdulnasser Kassim conceded defeat, his counterpart from Coast Stima Swaleh Kinero cried foul over biased officiating during the match. He however promised to keep building the team for the next game.
‘’I am puzzled by this. How on earth can a referee disallow a genuine goal and as well deny us two clear penalties? This is very disappointing but I take with me the positives which were there and promise to rectify some few areas of concern before our next engagement,’’ he stated.
A disappointed Kinero insisted that striker Abbas Muhiddin scored a genuine goal at an hours mark which was disallowed the men in black. In what he described as adding of salt to injury, Kinero pointed out what he says was a clear handball in the second half at the opponents' goalmouth but which the referee declined to award a penalty.
"As if that was not enough striker Rogers Okumu was brought down inside the box but the referee waved play on," he further lamented.
During the match, the hosts drew the first blood through Henry Aloo five minutes after an hours mark. Coast Stima pulled one back six minutes to time through Collins Kombo from a well taken free kick outside the box which forced the hapless goalkeeper to push it further into the net.
Coast Stima host debutants Kisumu Allstars in the second match set for the coming Saturday February 17th at KPA Mbaraki Sports Club.
Additional reporting by Sumba Bwire.