By James K. Attaglo Wilson
But for the swift intervention of the backroom staff of Legon Cities Football Club at the Carl Reindorf Park in Dansoman [Accra] yesterday, referee Selorm Kpormegbe could have found himself in the hospital seeking for plastic surgery on his face perhaps.
Selorm Kpormegbe, who officiated the 2020/21 Ghana Premier League [matchday 7] involving Liberty Professionals and Legon Cities FC was nearly attacked by the heavily built physical trainer of The Royals [Legon Cities] soon after he had whistled for the close of the nerve cracking encounter.
In fact, the visitors despite playing with a man down for 65 minutes were a delight to watch in the second stanza as Man of the Match – Jonah Attuquaye had the Liberty Professionals defence at the mercy of his feet.
The performance of Legon Cities was overshadowed by an avoidable post match melee which saw an emotionally charged physical trainer of The Royals – Derrick Osei sprinted onto the field in an attempt to register his displeasure at the referee and possibly teach him some physical lessons.
The motive of the curvey and muscled built young man did not materialized as his own colleagues quickly demilitarized and rendered him powerless on the field.
The three officials having sensed danger quickly followed Derrick onto the pitch and stylishly brought him down to prevent him from touching referee Kpormegbe.
The action of Derrick Osei though condemnable, but the abrupt response from the Legon Cities FC backroom staff to curb any unforeseen consequences was very commendable to say the least.
The officials of Legon Cities complained of few issues including been denied a goal, a possible penalty of their own, and holding the view that the penalty incident referee Kpormegbe awarded Liberty Professionals actually happened just outside the eighteen yard box.
Abraham Wayo’s nicely converted goal from the spot in the 80th minute settled the day for the scientific soccer lads – Liberty Professionals.