22 January 2013

Nigeria: Afcon - Fans Decry Poor Officiating of Eagles/Burkinabe

Enugu — A cross section of Football Followers on Monday kicked against the "noticeable bias shown against the Super Eagles" by the Angolan referee who handled the team's first group match with Burkina Faso.

The Eagles were held to a 1-1 after the Burkinabe scored the equaliser 40 seconds to the end of the match in the ongoing AFCON in South Africa.

Some of the fans after the match in Enugu said that the Super Eagles would have scored many goals but for the poor handling of the match by the central referee.

A member of the Board of Rangers Football Club, Mr Afam Udeani urged the Super Eagles not to be deterred by the actions of the officiating team.

"The award of penalty was uncalled for. Even the commentator said it. The pitch was horrible. I cannot believe South Africa has such a terrible pitch," he said.

Mr ikem Odenigbo, a civil servant and football fan said the actions of the referee and his counterparts were efforts to discourage and disorganise the Super Eagles.

"Nigeria players did very well. For the first time in a long while, we saw good football by the Super Eagles," he said.

Mr Victor Chikwendu, a football analyst described the poor officiating as "an insult to Nigeria".

"They denied us viewing right, now they want to use referees to frustrate us. This is not right. Enough is enough," he said.

Chikwendu wondered why no Nigerian referee was allowed to participate in the championship in spite of the country's contributions to CAF. (NAN)

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