Tamale City coach Hamza Mohammed has expressed his frustration with the officiating in their Ghana Premier League game against Asante Kotoko.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw with the Porcupine Warriors scoring first, courtesy of Rocky Dwamena’s stunning strike in the 36th minute. Tamale City quickly equalized through a goal from Mohammed Yahaya, taking advantage of a defensive mistake by Kotoko.
After the game, Hamza Mohammed claimed that his team deserved more from the game but were let down by poor officiating. He believed that his side should have been awarded a goal in the first half that was disallowed, and he was also unhappy with the decision that led to Kotoko’s goal.
“It’s never a true reflection of the game, it’s obvious, everyone has seen it but what can we do, they are the officiating officials, it’s clear and we are happy the match was live, everyone has seen it. We will just take the one point like that and go and prepare for our next game,” said Mohammed.
Despite the setback, Tamale City remains in contention for a top-four finish, currently sitting seventh in the league standings with 42 points from 29 games.
For the most part, officiating has been a major concern in Ghana football, with many coaches and fans criticizing referees for their poor performances. The issue has affected the quality of the game and has led to calls for the Ghana Football Association to take action to improve the standard of officiating.
However, it is important to note that the referees are human and can make mistakes. While it is frustrating for teams like Tamale City, it is important to accept the decisions made and focus on the next game.