Super Eagles of Nigeria forward, Ahmed Musa, has revealed that Gambian Referee, Bakary Gassama, has sent him an apology for wrongly disallowing two of Nigeria’s goal as offside during their clash with the Bafana Banafa boys of South Africa at the HNK stadium, South Africa, last weekend.
With the scores at 1-1 in the first half, the pacy forward thought he had assisted Kelechi Iheanacho for the lead, but the goal was ruled out for offside call by the referee and his assistant.
Musa who also received an incisive through ball from Iwobi deep into the second half to put the ball in the back of the net also had his goal chalked off for offside and this stirred a reaction form the forward as he reacted furiously by questioning the calls on social media.
However, the forward revealed at the end of their friendly match with Uganda at Asaba yesterday that the referee has sent him an apology after his errors cost the Super Eagles two goals and that he has accepted since the national team have already qualified for the continental competition slated for Cameroon next year.
What he said:
“I will say that it was good that he realized his mistakes and apologized for his action and it is past tense for me,”
“The major thing is that we have qualified for Afcon for the first time since 2013 and we are delighted about that. I don’t see any big deal about that because our emphasis was on playing at the Africa Cup of Nations and now that we have qualified, we are relieved.
“I am not worried that I was not able to score because we didn’t lose and we have got our heart desires with the ticket to Cameroon. We know that it is time now for serious preparations and that is what we are after now.”
Premier League Reveals When Fans Will Return To Stadium
The Premier League has said it is optimistic that “we will see fans back in the stadiums next season”. However, the crowds are likely to return “on a phased basis”.
Football will resume on June 17, following a three-month shut down because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Games will be played behind closed doors at venues yet to be decided.
Masters also disclosed that some of the remaining matches in this season’s competition could be played at neutral venues. However, a decision on that will be reached by the end of next week.
English Premier League Set To Resume June 17
The English Premier League (EPL) season is set to resume on June 17, with games between Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United.
According to reports, the matches are the two games in hand before a complete fixture list would then be played from June 19 to 21.
Recall that on Wednesday, all the 20 clubs in the league vote unanimously to begin contact training.
Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11.
No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9.
Man Utd Manager, Solskjaer Hopes Ighalo Will Stay With Team
Former Super Eagles forward, Ighalo, was signed from the Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, but his short-term deal expires at the end of May.
Despite United’s interest in extending Ighalo’s stay, Shanghai is reportedly keen for him to return to China for the start of their season.
“The loan deal went to the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer said.
“We’re in dialogue and hopefully (he can stay). They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allow him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, maybe with a trophy or two. But at the moment nothing’s been agreed yet. Their league is going to start soon so we are just waiting to see.”
Ighalo scored four goals in three starts and made eight appearances in total for United.
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