AWCON 2018: Bashiru Hayford blames referee for Ghana’s shock defeat to Mali

Black Queens coach Bashir Hayford has attributed Ghana’s 2:1 defeat to Mali on Tuesday in the ongoing African Women’s Championship to Swazi referee Letticia Viana.

The hosts were stunned by Les Aiglonnes at the Accra Sports Stadium as Bassira Toure scored twice to earn her side a 2-1 triumph.

Skipper, Elizabeth Addo got the consolation goal after recess.

Much of the post-match talks focused on the knight of the whistle, who many local fans claimed was in favoured of the Malians.

“It wasn’t an easy match at all but I will say that about 80 per cent was played by the referee,” Hayford said at the post-match conference.

“I don’t normally talk about referees but referees do frustrate players. And I think the referee succeeded in frustrating our players.

“All the same, I don’t want to take anything away from the Malians but I think on the field of play, we played about 65 to 70% and the referee added whatever she wanted to add.

“I don’t want to complain too much but that is my side of the story.”

“As coaches, we normally don’t put the blame at the doorsteps of one player,” said, Hayford.

“We lost and we have another match to play, for which they need to concentrate and prepare well for. Mistakes are in football. Yes, she made a very terrible mistake and they punished us. We’re going to watch the match again.”

The result gave Les Aiglonnes a first Awcon victory over the Black Queens, who had won all three previous meetings.

Black Queen must beat Cameroon on Friday to book a place in the semifinals of the tournament, same day Mali take on Algeria.

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