Asante Kotoko supporters chief Christopher Damenya has admitted publicly that goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim moved off his line before Mustapha Alhaji kicked the penalty in the headline-grabbed Ghana Premier League game on Monday.
Referee Abdulai Ibrahim awarded a penalty to Elmina Sharks after Mohammed Sherif handled a corner kick inside the Kotoko box.
Goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim dived to his right to save Alhaji Mustapha’s kick but the assistant referee flagged him for moving off the line before the ball was kicked. The Kotoko players, led by Danlad, staged a strong protest leading to a red card being flashed to Ibrahim Imoro for harassing the assistant referee.
“Yes, it is true that Danlad moved off the line before the ball was kicked by the player but the ball didn’t touch the hand of Mohammed Sheriff. Rather it came off the thighs of the player and the referee awarded a penalty for that,” he told Benedict Kwadwo Mensah on the Ultimate Sports Show on Asempa FM.
Sharks handed down Asante Kotoko their first defeat in 8 Ghana Premier League games after coming from behind to beat them 2-1 at the Nduom Sports Complex on Monday.
Dickson Afoakwa scored the opening goal for Kotoko but Ebenezer Adu-Kwaw headed home the equaliser from a free kick before Mustapha Alhaji scored from the penalty spot to hand all the maximum points for Sharks who recorded just their 3rd win of the season.
Cameroonian forward Frank Mbella squandered a penalty late into the game.