Black Queens Coach Bashiru Hayford believes “poor” decisions from referee Leticia Viana accounted to his side’s defeat to Mali.
Ghana suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of their Malian counterparts in the second group match to put their chances of qualifying to the semifinals in doubt.
Bassira Toure’s brace for Mali saw the Les Aiglonnes break the jinx to beat the Black Queens in front of the home fans.
Swazi referee Leticia Viana was the main talking point following some “strange” decisions.
Viana ignored seem to be glaring penalty calls for the Queens on three occasions in the first half before awarding a penalty to Mali after Ghana goalkeeper Patricia Mantey looked to have impeded Bassira Toure in the box.
Substitute and captain of the side Elizabeth Addo came off the bench to level the score from a spot kick after she had been heckled in the box by the Malian defense.
Bassira Toure capitalized on a loose ball to tap into an empty net after Ghana goalie Patricia Mantey had committed herself by failing to deal with a cross from the left.
The famous win for Mali was however questioned by several Ghanaian fans who believe some decisions from the referee resulted in the defeat.
Coach Bashiru Hayford however shares in the view of the fans as he blamed the Southern African official to have caused his side the defeat.
“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.”
Ghana will now have to beat Cameroon in the final group match on Friday to possibly make it to the last four of the competition.
By Frank Darkwah