Tuesday Mar 07, 2023. 13:00
Asante Kotoko assistant coach Orlando Wellington has blamed the referee for their 1-0 defeat to Hearts of Oak in the President’s Cup on Sunday.
Konadu Yiadom’s 57th-minute header settled the contest at the Accra Sports Stadium, with the fixture forming part of the matchday 20 round in the Ghana Premier League.
Benjamin Yorke had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half for the Porcupine Warriors, who felt that the Phobians’ winner should not have been allowed to stand either.
Wellington criticised the performance of the match official, claiming the free-kick that led to the goal was given for a dubious foul.
Commenting on the result, he said: “First of all, it’s the referee. If you watched the game, you’ll see the decisions he made; the foul that gave Hearts the free-kick opportunity wasn’t a foul, and the goal was offside.
“We had several chances to score but we couldn’t take them. The referee and players had their own part to play; as a referee, you have to be fair. Even if we had won, we would still talk about the performance of the referee.”
Seydou Zerbo’s side have now lost two of their last four games and trail league leaders Aduana Stars by five points in fourth place.
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