Mathare United head coach Frank Ouna believes the result would have been different had they not received a red card in their 1-0 FKF Premier League loss away to AFC Leopards at Ruaraka Grounds on Thursday.
The 44-year-old decried the sending off of David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng in the 78th minute for a rash challenge on the afternoon’s goal scorer Elvis Rupia, noting that they were on course to a good result.
“The card changed the arithmetic of the game in their favour because when we were 11 against 11 we were the best team on the pack. When we were reduced to 10 players they got some breather, because from the kick off of the second half we had put them under pressure. So I would say the card, whether fairly or unfairly changed the outlook of the game,” Ouna offered just after the game.
The former Wazito tactician termed the fixture a proverbial game of two halves that both teams had chances to bag maximum points, but only the 1998 champions were lucky.
“First half, they were the team on top, they used their only chance and scored. Second half we got half chances, we should have been able to equalize but that is how football is,” Ouna said in a post-match interview.
Both teams however finished the game a man less, after AFC Leopards’ Collins Sichenje was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down James Kinyanjui in the penultimate stages of the game.
Ouna and his Ingwe counterpart Patrick Aussems almost traded blows after disagreeing on the call to send off the young defensive midfielder and had to be separated by the match commissure.
Ouna is winless in three games since replacing Salim Ali at the bottom-side on May 19.