Rwanda’s Amavubi head coach, Antoine Hey, has revealed that poor playing surface, biased officiating by match referees on top of the inexperienced squad was responsible for Saturday’s loss to Uganda in St Mary’s in Kitende.
The Germany tactician is now looking at "better pitch and better referee" in the second leg of their due to be played at StadeNyamirambo.
He felt the playing surface at the ground in Kitende was not up to scratch, while he also found fault with the performance of the match official, however, he promised a better performance in the second leg.
Muzamir Mutyaba put the Cranes ahead through an early penalty inside the first fifteen minutes.
Burundian referee, PacifiqueNdabihawenimana, awarded the hosts a penalty after AimableNsabimana appeared to have fouled Derrick Nsibambi.
Hey has issues with that particular ruling. On his assessment, the referee made a wrong decision.
“I cannot blame my players because they tried everything; going forward, worked very hard, very organized. We have days like these when things happen. We conceded a penalty after ten minutes which in my point of view was unfair. But we are used. It happened in Central African Republic and Tanzania where the referee was not fair,” Hey said.
He believes his players, though young and inexperienced, proved their worth and believes they will turn the results in Kigali.
Hey says that the first goal, that stemmed from the controversial decision, unsettled his charges before they conceded the second goal ten minutes later.
“The reality is that when we conceded the goal, players became nervous and affected their concentration. We tried to reorganize and created some chances from set pieces; corners and free kicks but didn’t get that away goal.”
The German coach also critical of the playing surface from the time of the team’s first training session.
His view after the game did not change and went on to lash at the organizers for staging "a match of such caliber on such a poor surface."
Meanwhile, DjihadBizimana who was team captain has told IGIHE that they were unsettled midfield but they have the confidence of turning things around in the second return leg to be played in Kigali. He believes they can also win the game.
Amavubi will have to score four goals and without conceding any if they’re to progress to the next round of the competition.
According to local football body, FERWAFA, Coach Hey has boosted his side by summoning strikers Sugira Ernest and Mugisha Gilbert ahead of the must-win return leg 2018 CHAN third round qualifier against Uganda Cranes due on Saturday at Kigali Stadium.
Sugira was released by DR Congo’s Vita Club because of failing to perform as expected while Mugisha Gilbert was signed from relegated side Pepiniere Fc last month.