By Gilbert Wandera
In a rare move, Koops hit out at Gideon Ochieng for protesting at the referee’s calls in a move that earned him a sit in the terraces after he was sent off from his bench.
“Losing coaches must learn to accept defeat. Ochieng’s behaviour was totally uncalled for. You win today and lose tomorrow and that is football,” said Koops after the match.
Leopards took the lead in the 21st minute after Mike Barasa scored from the penalty spot when Nicholas Ochieng was judged to have handled a Paul Were pass though numerous television replays showed the ball had not touched his hand.
Even as he criticised his colleague, Koops declined to say whether he believes his team deserved to get that penalty.
“I did not see it but the referee’s decision is final and we all must learn to accept it,” he said.
Ochieng hit back and said he does not mind losing so long as it is a fair result.
“Today, it appears as if the referee came with a fixed mind that our opponents must win.
“It is hurting to lose this way considering the amount of time I have spent preparing this team all week.
“We always accept defeat but it has to be deserved. Today we were better than our opponents tactically, but were frustrated by the referee,” he said.