Musa Accepts Ref Gassama’s Apology For Disallowed Goals Vs Bafana

Musa Accepts Ref Gassama’s Apology For Disallowed Goals Vs Bafana

By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigeria winger, Ahmed Musa, says he has forgiven Gambian referee, Bakary Gassama after his errors cost the Super Eagles two goals, and a win in last Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, reports

Gassama and his assistants chalked off two Nigeria goals for offside but replays showed otherwise.

In the first half of the encounter, Musa thought to have assisted a Kelechi Iheanacho goal but saw it flagged for offside while the Al Nassr man, with few minutes left in the tie, ran onto Alex Iwobi’s incisive pass to score what would have been the winner in a 1-1 game, but again was met by Gambian official’s disapproval.

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After the clash at the FNB Stadium Johannesburg, the Super Eagles skipper took to the social media to question the calls, also poking at CAF.

The referee, however, apologised to Musa and Nigeria for the mistakes and the forward has waved off the incidents, stressing that their qualification for AFCON has made up for the unpopular decisions.

“I will say that it was good that he realized his mistakes and apologized for his action and it is past tense for me,” Musa told reporters in Asaba ahead of the Super Eagles’ friendly encounter against the Cranes of Uganda.

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“The major thing is that we have qualified for Afcon for the first time since 2013 and we are delighted about that. I don’t see any big deal about that because our emphasis was on playing at the Africa Cup of Nations and now that we have qualified, we are relieved.

“I am not worried that I was not able to score because we didn’t lose and we have got our heart desires with the ticket to Cameroon. We know that it is time now for serious preparations and that is what we are after now.”

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  • I’m still all for pressing for those two disallowed goals restored and officially counted.Bragging right and history are at stake here.
    We can’t allow this daylight robbery to pass.

    • Nicolsen 1 year ago

      I am in agreement wlith urs…

      NFF and CAF must make examples pf dz officials. Sanctions must be imposed.


  • Greenturf 1 year ago

    This ref and his compatriots costs us valuable points and bragging right this is unacceptable.If those goals where scored by south Africa it would have stood I strongly believe so.Can’t trust this African officials and south African fa.Similar incidence happened last year against Senegal in a world cup qualifier CAF should investigate this officials.

  • It is fake news that the referee apologized. Why do we peddle falsehoods like this.
    There are enough proofs that the goals should have stood. The whole world saw it and am sure the referee would have seen it to. However, that should be enough and all these unnecessary lies just do not speak well of the country and quite frankly petty.

  • BigD 1 year ago

    Referee denies apologising.
    “Referees do not apologise” the referee was reported to have said.

  • Dammy Omosebi 1 year ago

    This should not be allowed to swept under the carpet, our FA should press charges as the Senegese FA did.
    That ref doesn’t deserve any right to officiate a match again. South African FA should be investigated thoroughly, they are know to be corrupt, at least we have seen that happened in the past. Two beautiful goals that should have stood disallowed, so sad.

    • Nicolsen 1 year ago

      Our FA are weak wen it comes to scenerios like dz…

  • Bomboy 1 year ago

    The worst officiating I ever saw. No one can convince me it was a mistake.
    The ref and the South African FA were behind it. They did it last year against Senegal and almost got away with . If it was Nigeria caught fixing games, we woild have been banned for a long time, but all they did in the Senegal case was to replay the game
    Why is our NFF quiet about this daylight robbery? I am so disapointed.

  • Edoman of New Jersey, USA 1 year ago

    To forgive these corrupt Gambia referees is to encourage poor and mandioca services from Africa. What and how if it was the other way round. A protest with a view to restoring the GOALS to the victim will be appropriate at this time.

  • emmanuel 1 year ago

    What if we would have lost that game……. NFF should do some thing

  • Mba Emmanuel 1 year ago

    The officiating ref has admitted to have made a costly mistake twice in a match in favor of South Africa. Abba, Father! This makes it easier for our African Father of Football, CAF, to intervene timely and restore justice. Musa’s forgiveness is laudable but this matter is not personal. He is representing Nigeria and Africa Football with respect to World football. Remember that Algeria later was awarded 3-0 in a match that ended 1-1 bc of an error discovered in World Cup qualifying matches, we expect that Nigeria will later be deservedly awarded 3-1 win over South Africa as admitted by the officiating ref. Thank you.

  • Achi 1 year ago

    NFF should wake up from its slumber and act urgently as the matter is still fresh. Two offside calls in a high-stake match cannot be a mistake. Those behind this distasteful plot must be unmasked and punished. The SE fans are still bitter about the shameful actions of these rogue officials from The Gambian. And come to think of it: I and several other Nigerians served in rural areas in The Gambia some years ago providing essential service for this country, only to be paid in the wrong coins by her citizens. NFF, please act now! Let’s set the records straight. We won the match 3-1.

  • Justin 1 year ago

    Why is NFF keeping quiet? South African Football Federation is known for corruption. None of them can come out openly and deny that they did not do something behind the doors. They have done it before against Senegal and it will not surprise anyone about the repetition of the same act. They needed a win by all means having, lost valuable points against Seychelles. CAF must act immediately so that our football will not go down the drain.