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FIFA U-17 WC: Officiating in Mali’s defeat was very poor – Fabin

The coach of Ghana Under-17 team, the Black Starlets, Paa Kwesi Fabin, has expressed his disappointment about officiating  following his side’s defeat to African counterpart, Mali at the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in India.

The Black Starlets suffered a 2-1 defeat to Mali at the quarterfinal at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium, Guwahati. Hajid Drame opened the scoring  in the 15th minute for the Malians and, a second from Djemoussa Traore in the 61st minute, ensured the African champions had a comfortable lead,  with Mohammed Kudos snatching the consolation in the 70th minute from a spot-kick for Fabin’s charges.

Coach Fabin mentioned that, the dynamics of the epic tie would have changed if the center referee had allowed their disallowed goal to stand, noting that officiating was very poor on the day.

“Normally I don’t talk about officiating but the referee didn’t help in today’s game. I am complaining today because we scored a perfect equalizer and we were denied.

“The ball entered the post long before the referee whistled for a foul we didn’t even understand. But if the goal should have stood, it would have changed the game totally” he said.

The Malians once again showed their superiority over Ghana after they beat the starlets by a goal to nil to lift the trophy at the just ended African Edition of the U-17 Championship held in Gabon.

By: Daniel Osei

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