Uganda journalist blasts South African referee … Says Ghana was robbed in daylight

•  Controversial South African referee, Daniel Bennett

• Controversial South African referee, Daniel Bennett

An ace Uganda top sports journalist has said Ghana was robbed in broad day light in its World Cup qualifier against the Cranes of Uganda at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.

The two teams played out a barren game, throwing their campaign into the abyss.

John Nsimbe, who writes for The Monitor, told the Times Sports on Saturday that the performance of the South African referee Daniel Bennett’s at the weekend was all-too awful “and sad for the image of the game.”

“For me, this is broad light robbery and it’s sad for African football,” he regretted.

Ghana were denied a glaring second half penalty when Frank Acheampong was muscularly rammed down in the box. What was supposed to be a late-gasp winner was also strangely ruled offside to the chagrin of the Ghana technical bench who bounced off in protest as the controversial referee Bennett instantly signaled for the end of hostilities.

Nsimbe described the Ghanaian team as one for the future, insisting that “they have really impressed journalists here in Uganda.”

According to him, the Cranes were confident of beating Ghana and enhancing their chances of qualification to their first ever World Cup.

“Now that we have failed to upstage Ghana, I think the dream may well be over. We fought well, but our best may not have been enough,” he lamented.

The Stars enjoyed greater possession in the nail-biting tie, but could only add a point to their build-up of five. Second-placed Uganda raised its tally to eight, leaving leaders Egypt on nine with a game in hand. Win for Egypt against winless Congo meant the Pharaohs are in their third Wold Cup after 27 years.

BY JOHN VIGAH

 

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