Steven Bengo’s coaching debut got off to a bad start after his side Wakiso Giants lost 1-0 away to hosts Vipers at St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.
Bengo, a former Wakiso player who also captained SC Villa in his illustrious career, is a care taker boss at newbies Wakiso following the departure of sacked Kefa Kisala.
Bengo was an animated presence on the touchline but Fahad Bayo’s strike rubbed more salt to ailing Wakiso’s wounds.
The former midfielder, one of the best of his generation, speaking to the press after the loss, showed his discontent to the officiating at Kitende.
“You know what happens when you play Vipers here, its always terrible. They get the favors and you all saw what the referee did,” said Bengo.
“We never got a penalty when their defender handled the ball in the box yet the referee called a foul when such occurred at the centre line.”
Bengo was referring to a situation when referee William Oloya waived play-on when Vipers’ left back Aziz Kayondo handled the ball in the box, and Oloya gestured ball to hand, but rather called for a hand for the same foul from Fahad Bayo at the centre line.
However, it should be noted that the International Football Association Board (IFAB) passed a number of new rules and regulations that came into effect for the 2019/20 season.
IFAB revealed that it will NOT be a hand-ball when
the ball touches a player’s hand/arm directly from their own head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/near.
Vipers’s head coach Edward Golola refuted Bengo’s claims, adding that Vipers is the team that rarely gets favors form officials, notifying that they have only got just one penalty this season.
Bengo on the general performance, added:
“Vipers is a good team and we had to change our tactics as a game approached. It was a good game from my boys but not a result we wanted.
“There are some areas we still have to improve and we have good players to get us the results.”