Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Nigeria

Gwegwe blames refs for defeat



Divine Warriors' coach, Ada Gwegwe has bemoaned his side 2-3 loss to hosts, Rising Stars in Saturday's NNL Matchday 7 at the Akure Township Stadium.

The defeat largely blamed on centre referee, Emmanuel Ogbennla from Oyo State left the Brass-based side stuck on eight points from 21 points though with a game at hand.

Gwegwe said his charges performed excellently well to have earned for themselves a point but for the referee's questionable calls.

"We played well to deserve if not an outright win at least a draw. The game was almost ending at 2-2 before the referee awarded the home side a dubious penalty which they converted.

"I'm not the type that complains but today's (Saturday's) officiating left much to be desired. The referee practically made it impossible for us to play our game with incessant calls.

"And it baffles me that nobody paid attention to our observation of having all the match officials coming from Oyo State in a match at Akure involving teams from Ondo and Bayelsa," said Gwegwe to supersport.com.

Gwegwe said he has taken a bitter lesson from the encounter and will make up for the loss when Bendel Insurance visit next weekend in a Week 8 encounter at the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa.

"The lesson I've taken from today's (Saturday's) game is to strive to be on top each time I'm in an away game believing that even if we have bad officiating we could always walk away with a point.

"We had few unused chances perhaps if the attackers had scored we may still have gone home with a vital point. We've learnt our lesson the bitter way but we'll go all out to reclaim the points against Bendel Insurance next week.

"Our policy is once we drop points we must do everything to reclaim the points. So Insurance won't escape defeat. It will be tough but we'll surely win," he said.

The match officials were Emmanuel Ogbennla, Kazeem Kareem and Joshua Oladebe, all from Oyo State.



Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Carol Radull
Fitting curtain raiser for the EPL
Arsene Wenger’s attempts to beat Jose Mourinho have finally born fruit with a thrilling curtain...

John Dykes
Londoners to capitalise on pre-season
On Sunday, Wembley Stadium will once again host a game of football that isn’t all we think it is.

Segun Odegbami
Predicting the EPL winners
We are moments away from the start of the European football season. So, let’s look at the teams...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Premier League preview - part 1
Maybe it is a sign of my age, or an indication of how the last two seasons have been for the club I...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Ready for the Big Whistle-Off?
They say time flies when you’re enjoying yourself. For footy followers the start of the 2015/16...

Sunday Oliseh
Super Eagles job: an uphill task worth taking
It is definitely the most delicate football job on the African continent and the most demanding.