Vihiga United tactician Edward Manoah has lamented the lack of referee motivation citing that his team was denied a goal in the barren draw against Tusker on Sunday 15 April, adding to the long list of his well-documented reproval of match officials.
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Vihiga United had three shouts of penalties in the game against Tusker which were all rebuffed by the referee most of them being hand balls in the 18 yard area and also had a goal Andrew Murunga's goal ruled out for off-side in the first half. Manoah has had a long standing battle with match officials in since earning promotion in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) with his most recent coming after he made a damning statement to Andrew Juma in the 1-2 loss to Kakamega Homeboyz and has been sent off to the stands in a number of previous occasions.
The former AFC Leopards coach blames the lack of referee motivation for the decisions that he thinks have been going against him, “I feel that the referee has denied us a goal that is not to say that he favored Tusker, my assessment of the 11 games played is that the referees are not motivated and there’s something that is not making them realize their full potential”
This is not the first time Manoah has complained about officiating in the league this season after doing so in the games against Kakamega Homeboyz and Nakumatt where police had to intervene and disperse the crowd that were baying for the referee’s blood, “this is the third time I’m having unfair judgment, so I call onto KPL and FKF to pull up their socks and motivate our referees to make fair judgement.”
Vihiga United are struggling to adapt to life in the league having picked up a single win all season and has called on to his players to put in an extra shift in training, “we need to continue working hard in training, unlike the NSL (National Super League) most of the KPL players are the crème of Kenyan football so you can’t say that we’ll be scoring goals at will, there is a lot of tactics involved in the KPL, NSL was all about direct football.”
Manoah admits that there is a lot to work on in the goal scoring department having scored the joint least number of goals this season together with SoNy Sugar, “in the first half we were a little bit wasteful, our decision making in front of goal wasn’t that good, we have to work on that.” Vihiga next face high flying Nzoia Sugar who are unbeaten in their last five games, “the one point gives us motivation to train hard because our next game will be fast paced, and we play sort of a similar brand of football”