Visiting side Berekum Chelsea fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Accra Great Olympics during the premier league match week 28 encounter played at the Accra sports stadium on Friday afternoon, and coach of the visiting team, Berekum Chelsea, Solomon Odwo is in the state of a shock to the marrow how referees decisions, as he alleges, could go against his team unfairly despite TV coverage of the game.
Goals from Amos Acheampong in the 4th minute and Samuel Abbey Ashie Quaye in the 73rd minute were enough to help Great Olympics carry the day and to return to winning ways, as the battle for relegation survival and respectable position finish intensifies.
Speaking to StarTimes after the match, head coach of Chelsea, Solomon Odwo attributed the lose of his side partly to unfair decisions from referee Musah Mubarik and his Assistants, Francis Bonzie Arthur and Isaac Odoom under a broad day light. His surprise at what he implies to be wrong decisions, is the fact that the game was played under the noses of TV cameras as StarTimes TV covered the match live on TV for people to watch.
“I think we all observed this match and I’m surprised that in the presence of the camera, referees should decide in this way”, Odwo said after the match.
“I mean [that we Berekum Chelsea] should be treated as if we are not part of Ghana or we are not part of the league, it’s obvious, we all saw it. Most of the decisions that he [the referee] made went very wrong”, he complained.
Solomon Odwo admits however, that Great Olympics took their chances when it fell their way, but his players failed to do so. He doesn’t seem to have any issues with the goals his side conceded, but is concerned with decisions of the referee throughout the game.
“One of the factors that always affect the game is the decisions of the referees. When the referees are not allowing you to do anything what do you do? You just see me watching and looking at the game. He is deciding, it’s obvious, if this game goes under review again you will see a lot of mistakes that he did on my side. He didn’t allow any game flowing. You could see the opponent defenders holding the ball, jumping, holding the ball on his hand and he still whistles foul against me that they should play, so I could say that it’s just unfortunate on the side of the referee”, he added.
Odwo rated his players output at 70% for ”general play”, but he believes the officiating on the day didn’t help matters for his side.