Spokesperson for the Egyptian Football Association (EFA) has stated that the Black Stars of Ghana were clearly robbed in Kampala, Uganda in the 2018 World Cup qualifier.
There were controversies over a last minute goal that was denied by South African referee, Daniel Bennettte, when Dwamena slotted home from a rebound deep into stoppage time but his effort couldn’t stand and the entire technical team rushed to the pitch to vent their frustrations on the officials.
Madam Inas, speaking to an Accra-based radio station, Hot FM, had on his opinion of Ghana’s goal said:
“Everybody is happy here in Egypt because after 28 years the dream of going back to the world stage has come to pass, we did not sleep all night and that should explain the sort of happiness we find ourselves in. This will be our third time just like Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon,” she stated.
When quizzed on whether they expected to qualify, she said no and that they rather taught Ghana would qualify.
“We were playing the qualifiers but we knew Ghana were the favourites to come out successful. We concentrated on each match at a time and that did the trick for us, I must also add that we all in Egypt keenly followed the Ghana-Uganda game in Kampala and it was clear that Ghana were cheated and robbed,” she concluded.
Egypt’s President, Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi, has given a bonus of $US85,000 to each of the players who clinched a place at the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia. The president announced the reward on Monday as he met the Argentine coach Hector Cuper and the players.
“Maybe we don’t play beautiful football but we are at the World cup and that’s the most important thing,” Cuper said.
Al-Sisi had special praise for match-winner Mohamed Salah, who scored a penalty in injury time to secure the qualification.
“I am proud of all the players but especially of Mo Salah who was brave enough to take the crucial penalty. Also thank you to coach Cuper who has made our dreams come true. “The President said.
The Pharaohs have won a record seven Africa Cup of Nations titles but have only been to the World Cup twice in 1934 and 1990 and are yet to win a game at the finals. Ghana currently sit third on the log with six points, six points behind Egypt who have already qualified per the standings in Group E.
…with Gottlieb Baako