Gor Mahia head coach Hassan Oktay has lambasted the Confederation of Africa (CAF) top brass for not employing competent match officials in games and ignoring important happenings in games more so for away teams in their competitions.
Oktay speaking after downing Angola’s Petro Atletico on Sunday to book a quarterfinal date in the CAF Confederations Cup urged CAF to employ referees who understood both opponents to help in game control and expressed his dissatisfaction at how away teams are treated in foreign grounds.
“In Hussein Dey, the ball didn’t pass the line but the referee had other thoughts and gave them a goal. We then scored a clean goal through Batambuze but it was ruled out.
“What I see in Africa is when you play in away games you have to put up with a lot of stuff. I don’t know how people play at home but someone should tell me what happened in Tanzania when Simba SC faced AS Vita yesterday (Saturday). You can’t find these kinds of stuff in the other world. Its time CAF sorted out these issues.
“And if they have to assign referees for these games, they have to assign referees who can understand both languages of the teams involved to help them control the game well. Without a proper understanding the referee of today sent me off,” Oktay said.
The coach further refuted claims that they have been playing badly away from home after being asked if their record on their travels is something that worries him heading into the quarterfinals.
“We haven’t played badly away from home as people want to say. The only game that I think we lost squarely was the Zamalek game away from home. They played much better than us on that day. We did well in Angola and lost due to two poor mistakes. I have explained what happened against Hussein Dey,” Oktay added.
In what was one of the toughest groups in the competition, Gor Mahia came second-with the same number of points as leaders Zamalek-and were only beaten by an inferior goal difference.