Gafford blame referee for debut loss

KAMPALA. Gafford Girls Soccer Academy coach Patrick Kasozi blamed referee Ronald Assimwe for his side’s 3-1 loss to Muteesa 1 Royal University in the Kampala Region Women’s League fixture at Rubaga SS on Saturday.

Kasozi dismissed the centre referee as terrible and failing to work with assistants. Assimwe awarded two controversial penalties at the start of both halves that didn’t go down well with the Gafford technical bench.“It is unfortunate and terrible when a referee fails to agree with both liners(assistant referees) on two different occassions,” Kasozi said. Both assistants referees Sande Male and Martin Mukisa disagreed with the referee on the penalty incidents opting not to wave their flags for the ‘fouls’ that resulted to the two spot kicks.

Muteesa’s coach Michael Natima also expressed concerns over the referee but said he didn’t affect the result of the game.“The officials were a bit shaky but not to the extent of influencing the result,” Natima said.

Muteesa’s Lillian Akello converted her spot kick in the 3rd minute after Gafford’s defender Gladys Namyalo was penalized for fouling Mariam Nakanwagi in the penalty area. Gafford equalized through Rebecca Nakasato’s power header inside 12 minutes.

But Muteesa got another controversial penalty after the Kyebando-based side’s midfielder Fahabi Kitimbo was said to have fouled Muteesa’s striker Janat Nakibuuka five minutes into the second half.

Flying winger Betty Namataka fired the university side into a 2-1 lead with the resulting spot kick before Nakibuuka ensured the three points were secure with a towering header that left Gafford keeper Sharon Mirembe helpless.

Gafford manager Henry Barungi (picture below), said he had lodged a complaint to Fufa over the officiation standards of the match. He also appealed to Fufa that female referees be entrusted with women’s fixtures.

women’s footballResultMuteesa University 3-1 Gafford Girls

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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