Guam coach Darren Sawatzky criticised the decision that sent Justin Lee to the locker room early in his team’s 2-0 loss to Chinese Taipei on Saturday afternoon.
That call left the Matao with just 10 men over 70 minutes as they exited the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2017 Round 2 Men’s tournament without a win.
“I’ll have to watch the tape to see [the red card],” Sawatzky said of the incident, in which Leea appeared to kick Chinese Taipei defender Chen Chao-An in the face following a collision at midfield. “But one of the things our young players have to learn is that when we don’t win all the time, the better-ranked team will get the calls.
“I don’t think the officiating was good at all today, but I’ll have to look at the play again.”
Sawatzky, who inherited the side from former coach Gary White who is now based in China, acknowledged that there is much to improve in the plucky team ahead of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying.
“This tournament was an assessment for me, to see what we have,” he reflected. “Our team fights hard but we’re going to have to improve our player pool.”
Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei coach Kuroda was satisfied with his players’ effort in delivering his first win since taking over the program just over a week prior.
“Guam were very strong and forced us to play better. They hit hard and we took a lot of damage,” the Japanese manager said. “But the players did well until the final whistle.”