Police step in to save referee as Wakiso Giants hold JMC in Jinja
FOOTBALL | Even before the dust on the controversial decisions at Wankulukuku that saw Express-Vipers draw a league game and referees handed lengthy sentences, a referee officiating a match in Jinja was the subject of irate fans and had to be escorted to safety by Police.
Both sets of fans wanted a piece of centre referee Edward Kasibante after his final whistle as Wakiso Giants came from a goal down to earn a point in a nervy draw against Jinja Municipal Council.
Kasibante was involved in various controversial decisions in the tightly-fought match at Kakindu but three were picked by both sides to judge his competency.
George Nsiimbe combined well with Nazil Serwadda in the 58th minute before rounding off Mutumba to put JINJA Municipal ahead.
But as the search for an equaliser for the Purple Sharks and the second for the hosts intensified things started turning as both benches took turns to express their anger to the three officials.
The most visitors equalised in the 77th through a well-taken Ivan Kiweewa’s penalty after Derrick Basoga was judged to have fouled Feni Ali in the box.
The home bench and fans were furious indicating that the referee, who they says stays in Mukono near the home of the visitors, was either wrong or had given a cheap penalty.
Minutes later Amos Kamu appeared to have been brought down inside the Wakiso box but instead the referee awarded the foul and free kick to the visitors to the dismay of JMC players and fans.
The controversy was not over yet. Clinton Kamugisha controlled a long ball inside the box and fired it in but the second assistant raised his flag to signal an offside.
“I can’t say much about the referee because that’s how our football is. We scored a good goal and it was disallowed there is nothing much to add, thank you very much,” a furious Wakiso Giants head coach Ibrahim Kirya briefly spoke after the game.
The hosts coach was restrained by his fellow technical team from confronting the referee but refused to talk to the media.
Police were forced to surround and protect the three referees as the fans yearned for their blood.
In other games played across the country, Ivan Bogere’s hat trick –the first in the top two tiers this season- over Ntinda United saw Proline register their first victory of the season.
Kabala Sharp and newcomers Light SSS from Lira harvested identitical 2-1 wins away in Kampala and Entebbe as UPDF lost to Doves All Stars.
Thursday, 8th November Results:
Kataka 0-0 Bukedea Town Council
Entebbe 1-2 Light S.S.S
JMC Hippos 1-1 Wakiso Giants
Doves All Stars 1-0 UPDF
Bumate United 0-2 Kiboga Young
Proline 3-1 Ntinda United
Dove 1-0 Kitara
Kira United 1-2 Kabale Sharp