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CAFCL: Gallant Plateau United Bow To Dubious Penalty Against Esperance

CAFCL: Gallant Plateau United Bow To Dubious Penalty Against Esperance

Plateau United bowed out of the CAF Champions League after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat against Esperance of Tunisia in Rades on Saturday night.

The hosts were awarded a controversial penalty in the 83rd minute by the centre referee.

Ben Romdhane beat Suraj Ayeleso to send the home supporters into frenzy.

Esperance sailed through on away goal rule having lost the first leg 2-1.

Plateau United put a brave fight in the game with Suraj Ayeleso making a number of impressive saves.

The Peace Boys have now dropped to the CAF Confederation Cup following their elimination.

Nigeria’s other representative in the competition Rivers United will confront defending champions Wydad Athletic Club of Morocco on Sunday.

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  • Glory 2 years ago

    Dogged fight from plateau utd. Enjoyed the gritty play but for that annoying dubious penalty. We continue to watch that plateau utd goal keeper.

  • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

    How a tackle outside the box could turn into a penalty only happens when you play North African in their home turf….Shame on these North Africans and African football for such a dubious call. I’m starting to hate these north Africans. With 10 mins left to play…

  • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

    And the away goal most of us had worried about came back to haunt us..

    • Davido 2 years ago

      Guess you didn’t watch the game. Just like glory pointed out, plateau united was robbed big time. How there was no VAR in that game baffles. You could tell from the first whistle that the north African Ref was not going to take it easy. So many dubious call, especially a crazy penalty. Even a blind man would open its eyes and say that was a bad call. Please go back and watch the highlights. Naaaaa Northern African refs are 419. Why did they rush to leave the field of play. Even extra minutes was so dubious. So sad for the united players. Saw some weeping because they believed they were robbed. that ref needs o be banned along with his assistance

      • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

        Maybe you should read my previous comment before writing what you don’t know and yes I did watch the game…

        • Davido 2 years ago

          Sorry didn’t see the previous message. Was mixing up the names. The game was just painful to watch

    • Ignatius Abo 2 years ago

      Well said Brodaman Football Fart. Plateau United were robbed. North Africans are dubious.

  • Moses Inyang 2 years ago

    Arabs and thier 12th century politics and robberies.Babarians.thieves.They have always won this way.Rougues

  • Moses Inyang 2 years ago

    How do you get an egyptian referee to officiate a game involving a north african team? This is why the caf hqtrs is in egypt to aid this open robberies.It will take African football another one million years to measure up with Europe and others

    • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

      That’s why there’s always a tiny fraction of African referees at FIFA tournaments because they know African refs are susceptible to bribes. I translated some Arab comments from twitter and even some Tunisians agreed it was a blatantly dubious call…. I hope Plateau united can petition Caf so that this referee will be sanctioned. You never know if he might end up officiating Nigeria again in another crucial game.

  • rePLaY 2 years ago

    African football has always been like this. Bad officiating, age cheating, bad pitches and many other fraudulent and corrupt practices. When it favors or goes your way, you keep mute and enjoy it

  • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

    4 minutes additional time and the fool stops the game at 93:13 when there was several minutes lost after the penalty call…. This is just painful.

    • Davido 2 years ago

      I thought i was the only one. Close to 5 mins was wasted by the players and ref. So why wasn’t that added. Don’t know if you saw a call he made in the first half, when he took the ball from the keepers hand and called a free kick. Just like kel said, i would have staged a walk out. That call is out of this world.

      • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

        That referee is known in Egypt as the Zamalek referee and Even Egyptians admit that he is very corrupt.

  • Ololo 2 years ago

    River united should abandon their tomorrow match to show solidarity to their fellow brother team..

    This is robbery and as usual CAf will do nothing about it.. do not honor the match tomorrow and force those crazy official to sit up to do their jobs.. hard work of a team ended in robbery..

  • Ayphillydegreat 2 years ago

    African football will never grow. Pure blatant robbery. Rubbish!! 

  • Monte 2 years ago

    Africans praise themselves when they age cheat these white kids in under age tournaments. Then turn around and complain about robbery. This is how African football is, we don’t play fair

    • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

      Bro age cheating is until proven as nobody apart from the father or mother can prove the real birth dates unlike a blatant and clear foul outside the box which turned into a penalty. If age cheating can be proven, you think the appropriate punishments won’t be dished out? but with decisions of this referee in today’s game, we can only gnash our teeth as we have a toothless FA and I’m not sure if Plateau united will file a petition.

  • Monte 2 years ago

    These players complete junior and senior high schools , and at times five, six years later their classmates see them playing under 17 tournaments with fraudulent ages of 14,15 16. Bro I repeat, in Africa we do not play fair

    • Footballfanatic 2 years ago

      Since the introduction of MRI age cheating has been reduced at u17 level…. As for the u20 level, I’m sure age cheating will still be the norm.

  • Papafem 2 years ago

    If it were possible, other African countries should just leave club competitions to these North Africans to play among themselves. We should find something else doing, walahi. How on earth was that a penalty? After all the hard work, that was a very painful way to lose. Is there nothing sub Saharan members in CAF could do to address this situation ni? Can’t they just embark on massive boycott to force CAF into addressing the issue of bad officiating and the stupid antics of these North African anytime we go there to play? I’m getting sick and tired of this nonsense walahi.

  • Footballfanatic 2 years ago


    I knew Osimhen’s return will cause some issues for the Italians already in love with their own Raspadori… Let’s see how it plays out

    • Sean T 2 years ago

      Na craze dey worry their head na…How any goals has he been scoring before they signed him. I checked his stat and nothing impressive. So because he scored 4 goals in the champions league all of a sudden he is a better striker and Osimhen is now only useful when defending. Na Racist go kill all these white. NA Osimhen i see blame wey dey fight for every ball like Lion. He self should start focusing all of his energy in scoring goals only like dem Haaland, Mbappe, Lewandowski, Benzema & Kane. He should stop doing the job of a midfielder and defender and yet trying to score as a striker that he his.

      • Lawrence 2 years ago

        NFF should send petition to CAFF at least, to ensure that rogue Egyptian referee does not officiate any match going forward.

  • Olujjjj 2 years ago

    The referee was basically thinking of how to win the game for Esperanto throughout the match

  • pompei 2 years ago

    Our northern neighbors have had this reputation for a long time now. Playing them on their home turf is equivalent to entering one chance. You will likely get robbed in broad daylight.

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