Ahmed Musa accepts referee’s apology over disallowed goal

Ahmed Musa accepts referee’s apology over disallowed goal

Super Eagles’ Stand-In Captain, Ahmed Musa says he has forgiven Gambian referee, Bakary Gassama after his errors cost Nigeria two goals, and a win in last Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying clash against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Gassama and his assistants chalked off two Nigerian 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 Nasr 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.
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 shortly before 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.”

Nigeria qualify for AFCON 2019

Nigeria qualify for AFCON 2019

Posted By Adeyinka Akintunde

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will participate in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

They booked their place in the continent’s biggest football competition after securing a 1-1 draw against South Africa at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg.

Nigeria had missed out of the last two editions, after winning the title in 2013, in the FNB Stadium.

The Nigerians had highest goal scorer, Odion Ighalo and first choice goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho missing on the trip to the Soccer City due to injury.

The Super Eagles started the stronger side with a nice combination on the dge of the South Africa box and Ahmed Musa forced goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune into a good save with a low shot.

Two minutes later, Buhle Mkhwanazi scored an own goal for the Super Eagles, converting a cross from Samuel Kalu into his own net

Lebo Mothiba responded with a goal for the Bafana Bafana in the 26th minute, after a good pass for Percy Tau that beat two Nigerian defenders

In the 71st minute Percy Tau, who won the man of the match afterwards, troubled the Nigerian defence, dribbling past two defenders, but Jamilu Collins intercepted his attempt to score a second for South Africa.

Isaac Success later on scored a goal for Nigeria, but the bulky forward was ruled offside after the hosts’ defence was exposed.

With Nigeria through to the continental showpiece next year, the winner between South Africa and Libya will join the Super Eagles for the June/July 24-Nations competition in Cameroon. A draw however will be good enough for South Africa, who were last in the Nations Cup in 2015.

Credit: The Nation