The game should have been postponed – Says Paa Kwesi Fabin

Fabin - Starlets chief coach

Fabin – Starlets chief coach

Black Starlets coach, Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabin, believes Saturday’s FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter final match against Mali, should have been called off and played at a later day due to the incessant rain which left the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium pitch in a very bad state for play.
The heavens opened hours to the game and left the pitch water-logged, leaving several portions with puddles of water, which ended up becoming muddy after players step in.
Conditions on the day made it very difficult for both teams to construct any meaningful rhythm and pattern of play practiced at training as the pitch deteriorated minute-by-minute as the game progressed.
The rains did not only affect the field of play, but also had a toll on spectatorship with only 3,706 out of the expected 35,000 coming out to watch.
Fans had to seek shelter under tents whiles others collapsed and had to be sent to the hospital to be revived.
“With such conditions, the game should have been abandoned and played at another time but then the organisers said we should play so we had to,” Fabin stated at the post match interview.
He noted that this was the very first time coming face to face with such a condition – one that hampered his plans for the game.
“I haven’t encountered anything like this before in my career.”
He further expressed grave disappointment at the level of officiating, stating that “officiating on the day was something else.”
“Normally, I do not talk about officiating but this one I have to complain because we scored a perfect equaliser. The ball entered the post long before the referee brought it back for a foul, which I did not understand.”
That disallowed goal was scored on the 40th minute mark.
Ibrahim Sulley fired in a low a right-footer pass the Malian goalkeeper Youssouf Koita but Algrian referee Mehdi Abid Charef disallowed it, ruling that there was a foul on Ibrahim Kane by Kudus Mohammed during an aerial tussle before the goal.
“If that goal had stood it would have changed the course of the game,” he added.

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