WAFU: Gambia lose controversially to Ghana

The Scorpions of Gambia lost in controversial circumstances as a poor penalty call saw Ghana through to group stages of the 2017 West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament.

The match, played at the Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday, saw Ghana start the better of the two teams on the day and controlled the flow of play for the most part in the opening half.

The second half started with the hosts nervously defending as Gambia pressed them in their half in a bid to get an opener.

Gambia though, offered very little in attack throughout the game but came close to scoring in the 81st minute when Pa Omar Jobe broke into the box from the right but saw his powerful 16-yard shot well-saved by the Ghanaian keeper.

Ghana threw men forward in the final ten minutes and were awarded a chance to win the game in the 95th minute when referee Ouedraogo Boukari adjudged Matarr Ceesay to have handled the ball inside the box before Vincent Adaeh Antigah stepped-up and made no mistake from the penalty-spot to hand Ghana a 1-0 win on the day.

Ghana will now play the winner of the game between Mali and Mauritania.

TEAMS

Ghana: 1. J. Addo, 2. Frimpong, 3. Musah (5. Atingah 9’), 4. Ampiah, 6. Abbey, 7. Twum, 8. Waja (17. Patrick 56’), 9. F. Addo, 12. Sarfo, 13. Kizito (15. K. Safro 77’), 18. Lomotey.

Ghana coach: Maxwell Komadu

Gambia: 1. M. Jobe, 4. B. Sanneh (13. Conteh 72’), 5. M. Faye, 6. S. Kurubally, 8. M. Ceesay, 10. P.O. Jobe, 12. A. Jammeh, 14. S.P. Mendy, 15. E. Sidibeh, 16. Bojang, 17. G. Sillah (9. Yankuba Jarju 75’).

Gambia coach: Omar Sise