Poor Officiating Becoming Rampant in the League. - MySoccer24

Poor Officiating Becoming Rampant in the League.

Local football fans can attest to the fact that since league broadcasters Super Sport left, Kenyan Premier League match officials have been having a field day on the pitches by making decisions over and over and also assuming some obvious fouls.

James Omino of Chemelil sugar FC is charged by referee Raymond Onyango during their SportPesa Premier League match at Thika Sub-County Stadium located in Thika on May 10, 2017..Gor mahia won 2-0

This is not the first time that the officiating problem is being witnessed in the league the only problem is the this time round its becoming too rampant and coaches fear talking about them, Thika Coach James Nandwa is the only Coach who has come out to openly criticize officiating when they lost 2-1 AFC Leopards in a match that also saw Christopher Oruchum  get his marching orders to leave the pitch after the a tackle on Allan Katerega(a debate-able tackle that was) on the 23rd of April at Thika Stadium.

Speaking after the match James said that “live matches were really helping us right now the because the referees were at least restraining themselves because they were seen allover but now even the teams that away shall feel as if they are home more so the big teams they shall very unfair points, because the referees are afraid to call for obvious fouls but let them go” the Coach was speaking in regards to a scuffle that ensued between AFC Leopards Coach Stewart Hall and Thika player Sonthenes Idah, that saw the Coach enter into the field of play in a case where Stewart Hall later admitted to being wrong.

In a very recent case that left both home and away fans flabbergasted in a awe  was the slum derby between Kariobangi Sharks and Mathare United where the all the officials looked like they were on a attachment and covering the first match in their lives, lines ladies looked like they never really understood what applies to be an offside and what needs to be a goal kick.

All the three match officials looked like they were taking cues from the fourth official in order to call for fouls throw ins or rather free kicks, in the build up to the penalty awarded to K-Sharks the center referee assumed some fouls to the opposing side Mathare United.

If this problem is left out and not addressed teams are going to suffer while some other teams shall have an unfair advantage when the league comes to a closer.




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