WAFU Cup of Nations: Coach Ben Fokuo blames referee for Black Starlets elimination from tournament

Published on: 14 January 2021

Black Starlets head coach Ben Fokuo blames Togolese referee Vincentia Enyonam Amedome for his side's exit from the on-going WAFU U-17 Cup of Nations.

The Black Starlets needed only one point to make it to the next round of the competition but suffered a 3-1 defeat to Cote D'Ivoire to bow out.

Ghana failed to make the final of the competition for a second straight tournament after reaching the stage at Niger 2019.

"If you look at the way the boys were playing, attacking and trying to get our first goal, although we conceded the first goal, we tried to make sure that we equalized. We were attacking and looking for chances to score," coach Fokuo told ghanafa.org

"I can say everybody who watched the game yesterday, looking at the attitude of the referee, tells you that the referee didn’t want us to qualify so I can say that the referee contributed a lot to the defeat.

He added, "We went into the game with the right approach because we knew we wanted to qualify so we approached the game with the hope of qualification, either we win or draw."

"It didn’t happen, and sometimes in games, certain things happen and makes you think it wasn’t the right approach for a match but I think we went into the game with a right approach."