Wise Slams Achieng', Calls For Action
Skipper George Owino has slammed second assistant referee Beatrice Achieng’ for gifting Sofapaka an offside goal in the 2-3 loss at the Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday.
Wise, as he is affectionately referred to in local football circles, marked his 100th appearance for the club against his former employers. However his career milestone ended in defeat as Batoto Ba Mungu emerged winners courtesy of a controversial goal from Piston Mutamba.
Sofapaka striker Piston Mutamba celebrates his controversial goal that sealed the win for his side.
“I feel good because it is a big achievement. It would have been even better if we won and celebrated it as a team,” said Owino.
“The first two goals were due to concentration lapse but the third one was a clear offside. (Elli) Asieche interfered with play and that goal should not have stood.
“This referee gave away a similar goal when we were playing Sony Sugar in Awendo and it is high time KPL stamps their authority on such officials. It is unacceptable to commit the same mistake twice at this level,” fumed a visibly distraught Owino.
The loss left us at fifth place with 34 points, a daylight behind the leading pack. However Wise is confident we will catch up in the next two matches.
“There is no cause for alarm because if we win the next two matches we can easily bridge the gap. We need to approach them with a positive mind.
“Our next match is the most important. We have to win convincingly to bring back confidence in the team,” assert the former Kenyan international.
Mathare United's next assignment is against bottom placed Wazito on Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.