Hearts of Oak coach – Samuel Boadu has demanded forcefully that Isaac Mensah’s first half goal against Great Olympics at the Accra Sports Stadium on Sunday should have been ruled as a legitimate goal.
After hot exchange in the first quarter of the game, Hearts of Oak attacker – Isaac Mensah hit a screamer from outside the eighteen yard box which went straight into Great Olympics goal post after hitting the roof of the bar, but goalkeeper Benjamin Asare was quick to grab the ball on its way from the post.
But, in the absence of a goal line technology system in the Ghana Premier League, the helpless center referee – Rustum Gameli standing about 24 meters away could not make the best of judgement regarding the goal situation having waved play to continue after a quick look at his assistant for a possible help which never came.
In view of this, Samuel Boadu who think his team has suffered from bad media publicity in match situations involving Hearts of Oak in recent weeks urged the press in his post match briefing to give this the same publicity.
According to the coach, the assistant referee was afraid to signal the center referee that the ball had indeed entered the post because of those media discussions suggesting that the Phobians were being favoured by officiating officials in the league:
“I want this [goal situation] also to go out because if Hearts play and a situation happens in the course of the game, it’s broadcast to the entire world.
“Isaac Mensah’s goal was a clean go. If they like they should release the replays. The linesman was afraid to raise up his flag because of the pre match discussions, so I want this also to go out for people to see that Hearts of Oak scored, but it was disallowed.”
The game ended 1-1 which means Hearts of Oak are still on top of the league table.