Super Eagles land in Rustenburg; plead for fair officiating in remaining matches

The national team has sent a plea to the officials of the 2013 Afcon to be fair in their calls in the remaining matches
The Nigeria national football team comprising players, coaches and administrators have made a plea to the officials of the 2013 Afcon tournament to be fair.

This plea was made on Sunday as the team landed in Rustenburg for their make or mar match against Ethiopia on Tuesday.

This action was consequent on dubious penalty awarded to Zambia by the Egyptian referee, Ghead Grisha, which allowed the Zambians to run away with a 1-1 draw.

Captain of the day, Vincent Enyeama, was very vociferous in his damnation of Grisha’s penalty call.

“It was a bizarre officiating; the worst penalty award I have ever seen in my entire football career, only God knows why they are doing this to us.”

And Ogenyi Onazi, who was alleged to have committed the penalty offence is still mystified on the call.

“The opposing Zambian player was the one who was pulling me, shoving and almost pulled down my pants and we were not even in the 18 yard box when the referee called for a penalty. CAF should please tell them to stop killing African football”, Onazi said.

Meanwhile, Egyptian referee Ghead Grisha has been taken off the official list of referees for the remainder of the tournament. The 36-year old referee from Cairo became an international referee in 2008.

Nigeria will face Ethiopia on Tuesday needing a win to progress to the quarter final of the tournament since the 2010 event. The match will be played at 6pm, concurrently with the match between Zambia and Burkina Faso, which will be played in Nelspruit.