Gor Mahia head coach Johnathan McKinstry was left unimpressed with officiating after the FKF Premier League champions dropped vital points in a 0-0 draw against Murang’a Seal FC on Saturday.
K’Ogalo had gone into the matchday 11 fixture seeking to overtake table leaders Posta Rangers, but the promoted side proved a hard nut to crack as they remained resilient at the back. However, Gor Mahia found the back of the net in the closing stages but the goal was ruled out for offside something that left the Northern Irish tactician incensed with officiating.
“It is very unfortunate at the end here but look; even the fourth official spoke to me and said that it was an awful refereeing performance from the center referee. The fourth official said to me ‘coach, I know he has been awful,” McKinstry told reporters after the game.
“The match commissioner will have noticed it all, and it is not that it was just for Gor Mahia. If you remember in the first half, I think it was Boniface Omondi, who took a throw-in where we were standing and it slipped out of his hands and then he went in and dribbled it and no one else had touched the ball.”
His Murang’a counterpart Gabriel Njoroge hit out at K’Ogalo fans for causing chaos after the game and defended the referee saying he had officiated well. “Gor Mahia’s fans always tend to cause chaos,” he said, adding: “I do not see it as a big deal given they always do that but it was not a good gesture.
“You should expect anything as you play. I think the referee was okay to me, and I think after 90 minutes, the game is okay, it is a draw and we accept it.”
The draw left K’Ogalo second on the 18-team table with 21 points from 11 matches while Murang’a remained third with the same number of points as K’Ogalo but the former enjoy a better goal aggregate.