Match Officials come under scrutiny following Ghana, Uganda clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


Match Officials come under scrutiny following Ghana, Uganda clash

Frank Acheampong of Ghana challenges Nicholas Wadada of Uganda during the 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifiers Russia on 07 October 2017 at Mandela Stadium, Namboole, Kampala. ©Ismail Kezaala/BackpagePix

Staff Reporter

Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 15:00

South African referee Daniel Bennett and his assistant match officials have come under immense scrutiny in aftermath of Uganda and Ghana’s goalless stalemate in Kampala on Saturday.

The Black Stars found the back of the net on two occasions during the course of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier, only for the respective attempts to be chalked off with the assistant’s flagged raised for offside.

Ghana, desperate for victory to keep the heat on Egypt, scored what looked a legitimate goal with the final kick of the game, only for the assistant to cut short their celebrations.


While Bennett was not at fault for the offside call, Ghana felt they should have had a clear penalty in the second stanza – with the referee taking a more diplomatic view.

Kwesi Appiah and his technical team were left fuming at the final whistle and approached the match officials in protest.

Officiating has been a hot topic of debate over the past 12 months across Africa, especially in aftermath of the charges against now disgraced official Joseph Lamptey.

Twitter users took to the social media platform to express their discontent following the stalemate in Kampala.


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