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Coach Omagbemi Blames Referee For Falcons 1-1 Draw With Ghana

Nigeria coach Florence Omagbemi has questioned South African referee Akhona Makalima over her decision not to award the Super Falcons a penalty against Ghana in their Cameroon 2016 African Women’s Cup of Nations Group B clash in Limbe on Wednesday.

Black Queens’ Portia Boakye turned Asisat Oshoala’s shot into her own net in the 19th minute to give Nigeria the lead. But Elizabeth Addo beat Nigeria goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan from the sport three minutes before the recess to keep the score level at 1-1.

Omagbami, who rued the Falcons’ missed chances in the encounter with their fierce rivals, praised the opponents for their showing.

   

“The game was great and both teams played well,” the versatile former Nigeria captain, who won the tournament in 1998, 1998, 2000 and 2002, told Cafonline after the game.

    “Ghana gave us a good match and it was an impressive game. The foul on Asisat Oshoala was a clear penalty in my own assessment.

    “I was disappointed in the referee for not making the call. We were not over confident after the 6-0 victory over Mali.

    “Today, we played against a good team and it was a good match by both teams. A draw is not a bad result.”

Her Black Queens counterpart Yusif Basigi said he was not happy with the outcome of the clash, saying his team deserved full points from the fixture.

Basigi said,

    “We are not happy to draw, but it is good to draw when the need arises. Ghana versus Nigeria can go either way. If for any reason we draw, we have to take it in good faith. Nigeria opened up but against us it was very close.”.

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