Benin Rep 1-0 Nigeria: Pinnick blasts Algerian Referee, says officiating was “very very poor”

Benin Rep 1-0 Nigeria: Pinnick blasts Algerian Referee, says officiating was “very very poor”

Nigeria FA President, Amaju Pinnick has described the officiating during CHAN 2018 qualifier between Benin Republic and Nigeria as “very very poor”.

President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has blamed the home-based Super Eagles’ defeat to Benin Republic in the first leg of their 2018 CHAN qualifier in Cotonou to poor officiating.

Pinnick, who was present at the match venue, told journalists after the game that he has taken up the issue with the appropriate body following the manner Algerian referee Mustapha Ghorbal handled the game.

He also said that the Nigerian side did not deserve to win in Cotonou.


The NFF boss said: “The officiating was very poor and I have notified the authorities concerning it.

“I wasn’t really impressed with our players. I don’t know what happened. They are all very highly rated players, some of the best in our league but to me they didn’t live up to expectations.

“Some of those factors like the officiating must have affected them. But like I said, we will do everything possible in the second leg to make sure we qualify for CHAN.

Algerian Referee, Mustapha Ghorbal and his assistants were blamed for several questionable calls.
“I believe we’ll do our best in the second leg in Kano. I can say the officiating was poor and the turf also affected our game. But we’ll work hard to over those two challenges in the second leg.
“The officiating was very very poor and I have informed the authorities. I don’t want to make excuses but we’ll work hard to qualify,” Pinnick explained.

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