AFCON 2019

Referee regrets offside calls against Nigeria, begs Ahmed Musa

Gambia’s Bakary Papa Gassama has apologised to the Super Eagles after wrongly denying them two goals due to wrong offside calls during Saturday’s AFCON 2019 Qualifiers against South Africa according to a report by OwnGoalNigeria.

Stand-in keeper, Ahmed Musa put through Kelechi Iheanacho to score believing he has given Nigeria the lead.

However, Musa who gave the pass was judged by the assistant referee to be in an offside position, which turned out to be wrong after video replays.

In the second half with less than five minutes to go, Musa was once again at the receiving end of another poor referee decision as he was once again flagged offside incorrectly after slotting home what could have given Nigeria all three points.

The game ended 1-1 with Nigeria sealing her passage to next year Africa Cup of Nations but officials of the Nigeria Football Federation ( NFF) still expressed their unhappiness to Gassama over the poor decision which cost Nigeria a win.

Gassama admitted the error and even went a step further by sending his apologies to Musa over the incident although he admitted that such errors are sometimes unavoidable particularly due to the non-availability of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) .

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