Gambia Controversially Defeated by Ghana in 2017 WAFU Championship

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The Scorpions have been defeated by Black Stars 1-0 in controversial circumstances at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday.

Ghana started the game nervously as Gambia pressed them in their half in a bid to get an early opener. The vociferous Ghanaian fans thought they had taken the lead in the 5th minute when Kwame Kizito connected to Felix Addo’s cross, however, the goal was disallowed by referee Ouedraogo Boukari due to a push on Gambian defender Brimah Sidibe.

Gambia put more men behind the ball, In the 35th minute, goalkeeper Joseph Addo pulled off a reflexive save as he palmed away Pape Omar Jobe’s low shot.  Coach Omar Sise made two quick substitutions as they replaced Touray for Sanney and Jarju for Silla in the 71st minute.

However, the Scorpions quelled off the attacks of the Black Stars and nearly took the game to penalties, but a 95th minute controversial penalty call by referee Ouedraogo Boukari was expertly converted by Vincent Atinga to win the match 1-0 for Ghana.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Gambia coach Omar Sisse vented his frustration at the referee’s decision. “I’m sad for African football. Look at what the referee’s performance, I’m very sad. Even God fearing Ghanaians know that there was no way that ball was a penalty.”

“This is the handiwork of our referees on the continent that’s why when we don’t perform well any time we compete at the World Cup. Africa will continue to suffer.”

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