By: Danito Nsubuga
SC Villa head coach Wasswa Bbosa has fired a warning to Uganda premier league referees against poor officiation as the league nears climax.
He made the remarks after SC Villa’s hard earned victory over Soana FC courtesy of Martin Kizza and Allan Kyambadde’s goals.
Center referee Deogracius Opio awarded a “soft” penalty to Soana towards the end of the first half when Henry Katongole brought down Allan Kayiwa in the forbidden area, a move that sparked off protests from the Villa technical bench and the fans.
SC Villa keeper Samson Kirya saved the resultant kick and Villa went on to win the match but the referee’s actions did not go down well with Bbosa.
” I never want to go into controversies with referees and I also respect them but this was too unfair to us, he awarded a very soft penalty when a player fell down with no contact at all”.
Bbosa also questioned the competitions committee’s agenda in awarding Opio such a high pressure game yet it was initially supposed to be handled by William Oloya.
“I wonder why the match day referee was changed, the rules are clear that when a game is called off or postponed, the same referee stands but they chose to give us a substandard official who seemed to have his own agendas.
When asked why he chose to express his discontentment in a barbaric manner Bbosa said,
“I did not act in any contravening manner, I only tried to show to him that I am not happy with the way he was handling our game and thank God he returned a changed man and saw the game through.
The Villa boss commended his players for a great fighting spirit exhibited at Kavumba and he further affirmed that SC Villa’s main agenda is winning this season’s title.
“I thank my players for the big heart they exhibited today, it wasn’t an easy game but they managed to scrape through, they followed our tactical plan to the book and we managed to emerge victorious.”
SC Villa’s next game is at home to Police FC on the 11th of April 2018.