Samuel Inkoom, a defender for the Accra-based team, Hearts of Oak, has spoken out against the poor quality of officiating in the Ghana Premier League. Inkoom’s comments come after his team narrowly lost to Samartex in a league match that was marked by controversial refereeing decisions.
Despite fighting back from an early goal, Hearts of Oak conceded two goals in the second half, including one in the dying moments of the game. Speaking to reporters after the match, Inkoom was quick to highlight the impact that poor officiating is having on the league’s reputation.
“I have to say, I am very very disappointed about the referees,” Inkoom said. “Some of the decisions are very bad. We have to make the game beautiful. We want football and Ghana is a football nation. The passion is going down because some of the decisions are not good. To be honest, they are uncalled for.”
Inkoom’s comments have been echoed by many football fans and pundits across Ghana. For the most part, the poor quality of refereeing has been a major talking point in this season’s league campaign. Many fans feel that the standard of officiating has not been up to scratch, leading to poor decisions and controversial results.
Despite the frustrations caused by poor officiating, Hearts of Oak are still in contention for the league title. They are currently fifth in the table, with four games remaining in the season. However, Inkoom and his teammates will need to put the disappointment of the Samartex defeat behind them if they are to mount a serious challenge for the title.
Next up for Hearts of Oak is a home game against Medeama SC at the Accra Sports Stadium. With the title race still wide open, it’s a game that they simply cannot afford to lose. Fans will be hoping that the referees will be on top of their game, and that the focus will be on the football rather than the officials.