Yobe Desert Stars coach blames referee for loss to El-Kanemi

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Yobe Desert Stars coach, Ngozi Elechi has lamented that the officiating of the match was disappointing in the 2-1 loss to El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri in Sunday’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Group B Match Day 6 fixture.

According to him, the first goal conceded was offside and wondered why it was difficult to defeat the Warriors on thier home turf.

“Their first goal was a clear offside and everybody could see what happened in the field. There were two balls on the field and the referee refused to see that as an anomaly.

“He clearly knows that if there were two objects (footballs) on the field, the game has to stop. It is disappointing that a FIFA-badged referee is the one involved.

“I am not happy at all because it should be a disgrace to him.

“Even when one of our players was outside the pitch injured for more than five minutes, he refused to allow him back.

“He was outside and we were waving to him (the referee) for him (the player) to enter but he (the referee) ignored us.

“Where do we go from here? I am blaming the officials for my own defeat. Because there are certain things they want to cut off from my team for them to gain victory which was wrong.

“It was very very poor officiating. One, two objects (footballs) were on the field, and two, let them watch the video very well. The goal was an offside goal,” Elechi said.

The coach said his game plan was executed very well but the referee’s actions were against his team.

“I put the whole team under pressure, but the referee was the one who in one way or the other tried to do a little favour, which was not good for the game.

“El-Kanemi went away and won, everybody knows that. So, there is nothing to it. Why can’t they lose at home?

“We must give the players the feeling that they can go anywhere and win in football.

“But the moment you are putting players under pressure like this, you cannot bring the best out of any player, especially when you continue to officiate like this,” he bemoaned.


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