Poor officiating denied WAFA premiership title- Coach

Former player for Asante Kotoko and assistant Coach for the West Africa Football Academy (WAFA), Akakpo Patron, believes poor officiating, especially in the clubs’ away matches denied his side the premiership title in the 2016⁄7 season.

He said their away one-nil lost to Aduana Stars FC this season at Dormaa was as results of bad officiating, other than that, they could have won the game.

He disclosed this in an interview with Otec fm’ sports reporter Dominic Owusu Ansah on Thursday on the assessment of the team’s performance during the season.

WAFA placed second with 49 points to Aduana Stars FC, who won the league with 57 points.

He said, when it comes to tactical play, WAFA stands tall among the other clubs and could beat any team, home and away, but their chances of annexing the trophy was short lived through bad officiating.

“When it comes to playing fine football in the league, everyone knows WAFA does, our players are tactically discipline and can win all their games, no matter where they play. But the men in black have their score lines in their pockets to favour the home teams, is it fair,” he questioned.

“The trouble with referees is that they know the rules, but they do not know the game,” Akakpo said.

He said it is not strange that football fanatics in the country have lost interest in the local league, all switching to the exciting European leagues, due to the poor quality of the game because of bad officiating that has marred the beauty of the game.

“Due to the bad attitudes of certain referees, Ghanaian football enthusiasts are turning away from the local leagues and placing their interest now in the EPL, La Liga and Bundesliga etc. I Am not saying those referees do not make mistakes, but in Ghana here, it’s a total deliberate, I cannot say they take bribes,” he said.

Source Anane Asante Prince (Baggie)


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