AFC Leopards head coach Patrick Aussems has hit out at the officiating in their barren draw away to Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Grounds in the FKF Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Belgian who also took issue with the playing surface was appalled by the decision to send off Isaac Kipyegon for a clumsy challenge in the 49th minute.
“We didn’t play 10 against 11 today. In the second half you need to know that we played 10 against 15. 11 players from Posta, the pitch and three referees,” he charged in a post-match interview.
The former Simba SC head coach was also far from impressed with the playing surface at Ruaraka making an indirect plea of having their matches away from the venue which is used by league leaders Tusker as their training ground.
“It is a little bit disappointing because we only got one point but if you see the physiognomy of the game, what can we say? Now we just need to have a good recovery because on Thursday we will be back I hope not on this pitch,” the Belgian said.
Despite recording a second draw in three matches that denied them the opportunity to go level on points with leaders Tusker, Aussems insists he does not feel the pressure at the den but acknowledges the significance of toping the league come end of June- representing Kenya in the CAF Champions League.
“Pressure? Pressure is for beer and tyres. That is not a big problem. We still have one game remaining on Thursday. If on Thursday we win, we will be at the top. The top is not important right now though I know end of June there is something special,” he said.
The 1998 Kenyan Premier League winners are third on 33 points after 16 matches, two points of Tusker.