NAPSA Stars Football Club head coach Mohamed Fathi has attributed todays 1-1 draw with Lusaka Dynamos to poor officiating.
Coach Fathi who could not hide his displeasure over Chililabombwe referee Evans Malata’s officiating, said in his post-match interview that he was still happy with his team’s performance despite the turn of events.
The referee handed Napsa Stars defender Alex Mwamba two yellow cards, with the second one coming after the player was about to take a penalty kick which Napsa was awarded after a foul on Thomas Banda inside the box.
The red card handed to Alex Mwamba saw Austin Banda take up the penalty kick, which he scored in the 74th minute.
Unfortunately, the lead was short lived for Napsa Stars as Dynamos managed to equalise in the 84th minute through a Cletus Chama close range shot.
Coach Fathi said everything went well despite the referee’s poor decisions.
“Our defender is our penalty shooter, the referee needs to explain to us what wrong the player did because his decision was not fair. Seriously even if he wanted to favour Lusaka Dynamos he should not have clearly shown it. Im not happy with this officiating,
“Same happened when another player was down, the referee just called the stretcher when the player needed to be examined by the medical duo,. It was clear he disregarded the player’s state at that moment,” Fathi complained.
Today’s draw has seen Napsa record only a point to get 13 points from 23 games played.