Nairobi East referees’ tour of Nakuru County on Wednesday 6 December was not a very fruitful one as they were hit 6 – 3 by their hosts, Central Rift referees in a match that also saw Nairobi finish a man down, denting their confidence after an earlier win in a friendly match with Gor Mahia technical bench.
A brace from FIFA Referee Gilbert Cheruiyot marked a tough afternoon for the Nairobi side, coached by former FIFA Referee Damaris Kimani and Central Rift, coached by Eliakim Mbalilwa showed their supremacy with four more from FIFA Referee Davies Omweno, Paul Mbugua, Roger Kubende and Wilson Onyango.
The Nairobi team halved the deficit with goals from Hosea Omondi, Steven Adeya and Amin Agik.
However, their day was further dampened by the sending off of Raymond Onyango 10 minutes to the end of the clash when match referee Alex Ondima ruled him to have fouled Central Rift keeper Evans Imbenzi.
The two sides had played to a barren draw in the first leg friendly clash staged at Camp Toyoyo in Nairobi in July.
The match is part of the regular offseason program for the referees and as earlier revealed by Raymond Omondi from Nairobi, the matches seek to foster bonding among the referees as well as getting the rather new referees and the experienced ones have a good understanding.