Asante Kotoko deputy coach, Godwin Ablordey has expressed his disappointment about referee Samuel Sukah’s performance after the 0-1 loss to sworn rivals Hearts of Oak at the Accra Sports Stadium Sunday.
The Porcupine Warriors 8-year dominance over the Phobians in Super Clash in Accra was brought to an end thanks to an 83rd minute penalty which was nicely taken by defender Vincent Atinga.
Sukah pointed to the spot with few minutes to end the game when Sam Yeboah’s shot was blocked by Ahmed Adams.
Many supporters and connoisseurs in the stands believe the call from the referee was wrong because the ball rather hit the back of the Adams.
Ablordey indicated that he was surprised the referee awarded such a penalty having watched replays of the scene.
“I have just watched the replay. It wasn’t a penalty. The way referees are officiating in Ghana, they will always take our game back,” Ablordey opined.
“Am even surprised Joseph Lamptey was the fourth referee. This is a man who went to South Africa, a ball hits a player in the thigh and he awards a penalty. He was handed a three months ban and here he is on the touchline in such a big game.
“I want everyone to go and watch the ball again. If it is a penalty, fair enough but if it is not, we all know the kind of referees we have,” he added.
According to the former Kotoko skipper, his side was better on the afternoon but they lost because the referee made his mind to swing the game in favour of their opponents.
“We dominated Hearts and were fighting for the winner when that happened. He was not fair to us at all either than that anyone who watched the game will agree with me that we played better than Hearts,” he noted.
The win moves Hearts to 6th position on 12 points, whilst Kotoko remains at second position with 17 points tied with leaders Aduana Star..
By Daniel Osei