Ahmed Musa Accepts Referee’s Apology For Disallowed Goals Against South Africa
Super Eagles skipper, Ahmed Musa, says he has forgiven Gambian referee, Bakary Gassama, after his errors cost Nigeria two goals and perhaps a win during the clash against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
During last Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, Gassama and his assistants had chalked off two Nigeria goals for offside but replays showed otherwise.
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Nigeria were held to 1-1 draw by Bafana Bafana but managed to stage a return to the continental championship for the first time since 2013 as they only needed a point.
At the end of the match, played 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, admitted his errors while saying sorry to Musa and Nigeria for the mistakes.
“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.
“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.”