Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, the owner of Nigeria Professional Football League side, Ifeanyi Ubah FC, has criticised the referee’s performance following his side’s defeat in their CAF Confederation Cup tie with Al Masry on Sunday.
The Nnewi side were knocked out from the CAF Confederation Cup after losing to Al Masry 3-0 on penalties, having won 1-0 in the first leg back home and conceded one goal in Egypt via an Ahmed Shoukry penalty in the first-half.
The penalty that led to the 1-1 draw on aggregate was what Dr. Ubah has described as a “controversial penalty.”
“We lost the match on penalties. The match ended 1-0 against us after full 90 minutes as they scored through a controversial penalty awarded to them around 25th minute of the match, and hence we didn’t get the needed equalizer,” a statement released by Dr. Ubah read.
“It is quite painful that we are out of the competition but grateful we are alive to face tomorrow. A lesson learned and notes taken. My advice is for all to continue to support our own.
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“We qualified for CAF Confederation Cup by defeating Nasarawa United on penalties and unfortunately we got eliminated from CAF through penalty shootout.
“You needed to see the hostile attitude meted out to reps and you would weep for Africa. You needed to see the way lenses were used against our team without any action taken by the officials, you needed to see the officiating of the match and the dubious penalty awarded to them, then you would weep for African football.
“To our supporters all over the world, God bless you all for standing for the team. To Nigerians in Egypt that came out en mass to cheer the team, you demonstrated the solidarity of oneness towards the team and one can only say, God bless you.”
Wikki Tourists also crashed out of the Confederation Cup; while Rangers International and Rivers United are still representing Nigeria at the continental level, as both teams advanced to the last-32 of the CAF Champions League on Sunday.
Meanwhile, IfeanyiUbah FC are currently 17th in NPFL with seven points from six game and they will play against Katsina United FC on Wednesday, February 22.
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