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WHAT YOU GHANA DO? Ghana petitions Fifa after ref denied them ‘perfect goal’

GHANA have lodged a complaint to Fifa after they were denied a “perfect goal” in the 93rd-minute of the 0-0 draw with Uganda.

Black Stars of Ghana

Dropping the two points sees the Black Stars on the brink of elimination in their quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Kwesi Appiah’s side also saw a perfectly valid goal chalked-off in the first half, while seeing a strong penalty appeal turned down later in the crunch game.

The game could easily have ended 3-0 to Ghana – a result that would have seen them leapfrog Uganda into second in Group E.

Instead, they now sit two points behind their rivals and three behind Egypt – who top the group with a game in hand.

The dodgy-looking decisions have seen Ghana submit a complaint to Fifa to have the officials looked into.

A statement from the Ghana FA read: “The GFA filed the protest to Fifa, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

“Mr Bennett [referee] and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal.

“The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box.

“These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask Fifa to examine their performances.”

Following the bizarre ending to the game, Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said: “I think it was a good goal because the goalkeeper punched back the ball.”

The Black Stars now need Egypt to lose both of their last two games to stand any chance of qualifying for the World Cup next summer, with only the winners of the five qualifying groups proceeding.

 


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