Vihiga United tactician Edward Manoah has protested what he terms poor officiating in matches involving his team. Manoah singled out last weekend’s Kenyan Premier League match between Vihiga and Kakamega Homeboyz, which the latter won 2-1, blaming centre-referee Andrew Juma for allegedly making decisions that went against his team.
“I have a lot of experience in Kenyan football both as a player and as a coach but what I have witnessed is not good. We are contemplating forwarding our protest to the authorities since we have a lot of evidence in regard to this,” said Manoah.
“Our league is very competitive therefore calls by match officials must be the right ones. Referees should also be equal to the task as we expect fairness from them,” added Manoah.
He went on: “I want to commend a few officials who have exhibited high standards of officiating that should be emulated. However, I have issues with some individuals who are easily intimidated by home teams forcing them into making poor decisions that go against some teams.”
Manoah also refuted claims that Vihiga are contemplating switching their home matches to Mumias from the newly-refurbished Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, saying: “Bukhungu will remain our home as the fans are turning out in large numbers to cheer us, something that is good for the team.”
Vihiga have started their 2018 poorly, registering two draws and two losses from their four matches which leaves them 17th on the 18-team table. Manoah’s team were among the two sides that were promoted to the top flight alongside Wazito FC last year and they have found the going very tough so far.