Enyimba Coach Condemns Referee’s Performance After Defeat to Kwara United

Enyimba Coach Condemns Referee's Performance After Defeat to Kwara United

Yemi Olanrewaju, assistant coach of Enyimba FC, has voiced disappointment over the officiating during the team’s recent 2-1 loss to Kwara United, criticising the referee’s decisions as detrimental to their performance.

Enyimba Coach Condemns Referee's Performance After Defeat to Kwara United

Expressing dismay at what he described as undue advantages granted to Kwara United by the match official, Yemi emphasised the need for fair play and impartial officiating in football matches, Footballrover reports.

Despite the defeat, Yemi acknowledged the commendable style of football displayed by both teams throughout the game, highlighting the competitive spirit exhibited on the field.

During the match, tensions escalated as Yemi, along with Chigozie Chilekwu and Desmond Ojietefian, received red cards, further complicating Enyimba’s chances of a comeback.

The game saw Emmanuel Ogbole open the scoring for Kwara United within the first eight minutes, countered by Ikenne Cooper’s equaliser for Enyimba before halftime.

However, Kwara United secured victory with Ogbole’s second goal early in the second half.

Addressing the media post-match, Yemi criticized the referee’s handling of the game, particularly in the second half, where nine yellow cards and three red cards, including his own, were issued.

He expressed bewilderment at the sudden shift in officiating standards and questioned the fairness of the decisions made.

β€œThe referee messed up the whole game in the second half, where we got nine yellow cards and three red cards, including mine,” he said.

Yemi clarified that his red card stemmed from a mere inquiry, deeming the subsequent disciplinary actions against him and his players as unwarranted and outrageous.

Despite the setback, Yemi emphasised the team’s resilience, focusing on their upcoming fixture against the Kano Pillars.

He acknowledged the promising performance in the first half but stressed the need to address challenges encountered in the second half.

Enyimba Coach Condemns Referee's Performance After Defeat to Kwara United

Enyimba FC currently occupies the fourth position in the league standings with 45 points, trailing league leader Enugu Rangers by just three points.

With eyes set on redemption, they are poised to bounce back in their next encounter against the Kano Pillars on Tuesday.

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