AFCON Qualifiers: Ahmed Musa Accepts Gambian Ref's Apology
Stand-in Captain for the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa has stated that he has accepted the apology tendered by Gambian referee, Bakary Papa Gassama for his wrong calls that denied Nigeria two goals in the AFCON 2019 Qualifiers against South Africa.
Musa told journalists in Asaba on Monday that he held no grudges against the Gambian ref since he has apologised and Nigeria have also achieved their mission to qualify the continent's biggest football competition.
Musa said: "He realized his mistake and apologized, the important thing is that we qualified, there's no big deal about that."
During Saturday's game in Johannesburg, Musa put through Kelechi Iheanacho who tapped home
believing he has given Nigeria the lead but Musa who supplied the pass was
judged by the assistant referee as been in an offside position, something 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 while apologizing said such errors are sometimes unavoidable particularly due to the non-availability of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) .
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