Ghanaian football fans had their hearts broken on Monday, July 8, 2019, as the senior national team, the Black Stars, failed to progress from the 1/16 round of the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019).
After a goalless first half, the Black Stars fell behind to Taha Khenissi’s shot off the post in the 73rd minute after a good cross from the right.
The stars regrouped and pressed on for equaliser which came in stoppage time as Rami Bedoui headed into his own net to force the match into extra time.
Though the Black Stars dominated the extra-time, the team could not find the net and their fate was to be decided by penalties.
While Tunisians scored all of their five kicks, second-half substitute Caleb Ekuban missed his for Ghana leaving the score after penalties 5-4 in favour of Tunisia.
Following the loss, many Ghanaians football fans took to the social media pages of the centre referee, Victor Gomes, to vent their spleen.
The anger against the South African referee was for the fact that he disallowed a Ghana goal in the first-half.
Captain the Dede Ayew backheeled the ball into the net after a cross from the right following a pass laid by Thomas Partey..
While explaining to the Ghanaian players why he disallowed the goal, referee Gomes gesticulated that the ball had hit Partey's hand before his pass.
While the slow motion video showed the handball case was wrong, a later photo sighted by YEN.com.gh suggests the referee might not have been entirely wrong in disallowing Dede Ayew's goal.
In the photo Partey is clearly seen in an offside position before the pass to him which eventually led to the disallowed goal.
It is not known if the ball touched Msakni, the Tunisian player who was marking Partey at the time. If that was not the case the then the officials were right in disallowing the goal.
So it can be called as a case of a perfect decision for the wrong reason.
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