Chan 2018 Q: early Biased refereeing unsettled us, says Rwanda coach
Rwanda's Amavubi head coach, Antoine Hey, partly believes that biased officiation, inexperienced squad and bad pitch was responsible for Saturday's loss to Uganda in Kitende.
Muzamir Mutyaba put the Cranes ahead through an early penalty inside the first fifteen minutes.
Burundian referee, Pacifique Ndabihawenimana, awarded the hosts a penalty after Aimable Nsabimana appeared to have fouled Derrick Nsibambi.
Hey has issues with that particular ruling. On his assessment, the referee made a wrong decision.
- I cannot blame my players because they tried everything; going forward, worked very hard, very organized. We have days like these when things happen. We conceded a penalty after ten minutes which in my point of view was unfair. But we are used. It happened in Central African Republic and Tanzania where the referee was not fair, Hey said.
He believes his players, though young and inexperienced, proved their worth and believes they will turn the results in Kigali.
Hey says that the first goal, that emanated from the controversial decision, unsettled his charges before they conceded the second goal ten minutes later.
- The reality is that when we conceded the goal, players became nervous and affected their concentration. We tried to reorganize and created some chances from set pieces; corners and freekicks but didn't get that away goal.
The German coach also critical of the playing surface from the time of the team's first training session.
His view after the game did not change and went on to lash at the organisers for staging "a match of such calibre on such a poor surface."
He promised a better performance in the second leg.
- The second leg will be different with a better surface. This was kick and rush from 1917 in Scotland. We lost 3-0 but people are coming to pay money and they get this. If not's possible to get a playing surface that deserves international football of this stature, that's the kind of football we get.