Preko: Referees can do better

Head Coach of Accra Great Olympics, Yaw Preko, has praised the level of ref­ereeing in the ongoing betPawa Ghana Premier League, describ­ing it as good.

That notwithstanding, the former Ghana international believes there is still a long way to go.

Yaw Preko, who guided his side to their sixth win of the season on Sunday against Karela United courtesy a lone goal struck by Prince Afrifa at the Accra Sports Stadium, stat­ed in a post-match interview that “so far so good, but I believe the ref­erees can do better.”

“What I have seen this season is that a lot of clubs are winning away; that is a good sign that things are getting better with offi­ciating.”

The for­mer winger quizzed: “whoever thought that Accra Lions will go away to draw with Aduana Stars in Dormaa over the weekend.”

“On Saturday Bibiani Gold Stars went away to win in Tamale against Tamale City and a lot more clubs are playing away with confidence now.”

The referees are coming good but need to be a little better than they are doing now, he added.

“They are doing well but they can do better and when it happens like that it would help our football.”

“If my team Great Olympics is playing at home at the Accra Sports Stadium, it can go either way because the safety of teams are guaranteed and that brings out the best from all includ­ing the referees. That is the reason why teams come here, play well and beat us.”

He said teams must feel free to play away games in the best of atmo­spheres devoid of fans hostility or frustration from a referee to help the home team.

Preko stated that there are a few venues in the league where ref­erees feel intimidated to give certain decisions to visiting teams.

“Eventually, the home teams are aided to win games. When such in­stances are weeded out completely, we’ll have a beautiful league to watch.”


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