2023 AFCON: Ghanaians Fume as ‘Perfectly Good’ Goal Disallowed Against Cape Verde in VAR controversy

2023 AFCON: Ghanaians Fume as ‘Perfectly Good’ Goal Disallowed Against Cape Verde in VAR controversy

Isaac Darko
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ghanaians are not happy with VAR decisions in their game against Cape Verde
  • The Blue Sharks scored late to steal all three points from the Black Stars of Ghana
  • The West African giants will next face seven-time champions Egypt in Abidjan

Ghanaian fans have been left fuming after having what they saw as a perfectly good goal ruled out against Cape Verde.

Going down early in the game, the Black Stars were convinced they had equalised when Majeed Ashimeru's powerful strike from outside the box found the bottom left corner.

However, after a VAR check, it was ruled that Yeboah Königsdörffer, who was stationed in front of Cape Verde goalkeeper Dias, was in an offside position and blocked his sight.

The decision left Ghanaians steaming, with many branding it a perfectly good goal.

@AtsuTamakloe raged on X (formerly Twitter):

"You guys are saying that even if a player's position doesn't give him any advantage over his opponents, the ref should still disallow the goal out?

@theyawofosu wrote:

"That goal should’ve stood. No one can tell me different. The refereeing is way below par. Has to be said.

@justRitaMensah said:

"This referee is not serious, he should have stuck with his decision, he made those in the VAR room change his mind . The keeper saw the ball!

@quame_age added:

"I don’t think Ransford made any move there. Where’s the offside from?"

How Black Stars lost to Cape Verde

In an explosive start to the game, it was Cape Verde who created early chances and they made it count after former Manchester United striker, Bebe pulled a save from Richard Ofori but Monteiro was at the right place to finish off for the opener after 17 minutes.

After the break, the Black Stars mounted pressure on Cape Verde resulting in a series of set-pieces, one of which resulted in the leveller. Jordan Ayew's corner just before the hour mark was met by Djiku as the Black Stars equalized.

While Ghana were in search of a winner, the Blue Sharks quickly effected a throw-in which was poorly cleared, falling into the path of Rodrigues for the winner.

Odoi's family arrive in Abidjan to watch AFCON

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Dennis Odoi's family travelled from Belgium to watch the defender feature for the Black Stars at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.

The Belgian-born switched allegiance to represent Ghana at the international level in 2022 and has since been a regular member of the Black Stars.

Odoi was named in Ghana's final squad for the tournament and started the first game for the Black Stars against Cape Verde.

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Isaac Darko is a La Liga, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga editor at Sports Brief with a Degree in Journalism and Communications from Ghana Institute of Journalism (2010)