Karela Utd coach Johnson Smith blames defeat to Hearts on Referee Latif

Published on: 16 May 2019

Head Coach for Karela United, Johnson Smith has blamed his side’s 1-0 defeat on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, on referee Qadir Abdul Latif whom he believes frustrated his team on the day.

The Anyinase based side succumbed to a 1-0 humbling at the hands of the Rainbow Boys at the Accra Sports Stadium on Match Week 12 of the ongoing Normalization Committee (NC) Special Competition.

The only goal of the game was scored by in-form defender Christopher Bonney who calmly converted a penalty kick in the second half.

Speaking in a post-match interview with GTV, Coach Johnson Smith shared that they were the better side after 90 minutes and only lost the match because the referee on the day frustrated his team.

“I think the frustrating came from the referee. Early minute he started frustrating us and that's why. But apart from that I think we played more than the Hearts team but I don't know why the dubious penalty was given to them”, the tactician said.

Meanwhile, the gaffer has accepted the defeat and has indicated that they are going back to Anyinase to prepare very well for their next match against Dawu based side Dreams FC.

“We are preparing match after match so we will go home and do our corrections and play on Sunday”, he said.

Karela is in a good position to qualify out of Premier Division A alongside Hearts of Oak who cemented their qualification yesterday.