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Ahmed Musa Reacts As Referee Gassama Apologizes For Disallowed Goals Against South Africa



Super Eagles stand-in captain, , says he has forgiven Gambian referee, Bakary Gassama, after his errors cost the Super Eagles two goals, during the 1-1 draw with South Africa last Saturday.

Gassama and his assistants chalked off two Nigeria goals for offside, but replays showed otherwise.


In the first half of the encounter played at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Musa thought he had assisted a Kelechi Iheanacho goal, but saw it flagged for offside.

Musa again, with few minutes left in the tie, ran onto Alex Iwobi’s incisive pass to score what would have been the winner, but it was ruled out.

After the game, he took to the social media to question the calls, also poking at CAF.

The referee, however, apologised to Musa and Nigeria for the mistakes and the forward has waved off the incidents, stressing that their qualification for AFCON 2019, has made up for the wrong decisions.

“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,” Musa told reporters in Asaba, ahead of the Super Eagles’ friendly match against Uganda.

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