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Gyan leading Ghana crusade for replay of World Cup qualifier

October 8, 2017 11:37 AM
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Gyan leading Ghana crusade for replay of World Cup qualifier

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is apparently spearheading the fight for justice after South African referee Daniel Bennett denied the Black Stars a match winner against Uganda in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

The Kayserispor forward sat out the away clash due to injury, but was left incensed after Raphael Dwamena's injury-time goal from a rebound was ruled out for offside.

Television replays show the goal should have stood. The goalless stalemate at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala has visibly kicked Ghana out of the running for Russia 2018.

'How on earth can this goal be disallowed? We have to protest.. this no "fa ma Nyame" matter... i'm so furious', Gyan tweeted after the game.

The disallowed goal caused huge outrage among Ghana fans and beyond, their displeasure very apparent on social media.

The Ghana FA, on Saturday night, went Gyan's way, announcing that an official protest has been lodged at Fifa.

"The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday," the FA's statement read.

"The GFA filed the protest to football's world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala. Mr Bennett 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.

"The GFA respectfully asked FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve the ends of justice without fear or favour."

Relieved by the development, Gyan tweeted again on Sunday morning, this time with a calmer tone.

"Great step, thank you @ghanafaofficial, journalists and all fair seeking Ghanaians...the name of the game is fair play @FIFAWorldCup."

By Saturday's match result, the Black Stars are all but out of the race to Russia 2018 as Egypt will secure the sole Group E ticket should the Pharaohs account for bottom-placed Congo on Sunday.


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