Tusker’s winner against AFC Leopards in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League at Kasarani on Sunday has sparked debate in a host of football quarters in the country.
Deogracious Ojok found the back of the net with virtually the last kick of the game as Tusker controversially edged out AFC Leopards 2-1 to end the visitor’s 11-match unbeaten streak that they had held dearly.
The Ingwe camp was however up in arms against the goal, claiming Ojok was offside and lashed at the referee for allowing the goal to stand, led by head coach Patrick Aussems.
According to the Belgian, despite the fact that human beings are to error, the referee committed the error intentionally to their undoing at Kasarani.
“I am not surprised by all those referees’ errors. Human being makes mistakes but when it’s intentional it has another name. By losing this last ball we gave them the opportunity to finish the job! Anyway proud of my team and of the fans! See you next Saturday,” Aussems tweeted.
AFC Leopards fans were in agreement with their coach and some looked unmanageable after the final whistile but Tusker head coach Robert Matano who is also a former Ingwe coach thinks otherwise.
“I have watched the clip and so, that defender, (Robert Mudenyo) played Ojok (Deogracious) onside because Ojok was in the middle while the defender had played him on. There is no such offside because the last man was the AFC (Leopards) defender while the second man was the goal scorer,” Matano said.
Here is the goal, was it offside?
With six games to the end of the 2021/22 season, the 1998 champions are 10th on the standings with 35 points and their next two games are against KCB and Gor Mahia.
Tusker are second on the log, six points adrift of leaders Kakamega Homeboyz and their next two games are against FC Talanta and Homeboyz.