Ifeanyi Ubah: Al Masry scored through a controversial penalty
Ifeanyi Ubah owner, Dr. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has resealed a statement, criticising the referee’s performance following defeat in the CAF Confederation Cup to Al Masry.
The Nigerian side were knocked out from the CAF Confederation Cup round of 64 after losing to Al Masry 3-0 on penalties after their two-legged tie ended 1-1 on aggregate.
Al Masry had lost 1-0 in Nigeria before winning 1-0 at home on Sunday thanks to Ahmed Shoukry’s penalty in the first-half, which the Nigerian side’s owner described as a “controversial penalty”.
“We lost yesterday’s match on penalties. The match ended 1-0 against us after full 90 minutes as they scored through a controversial penalty awarded to them around 25th minute of the match, and hence we didn’t get the needed equalizer,” the statement read.
“Having equally beating them by 1-0 at home, the match was all but stretched into penalty shootout as the aggregate stood at (1-1). Our team couldn’t hold their nerves as they lost out on the shootout.
“It is quite painful that we are out of the competition but grateful we are alive to face tomorrow. A lesson learned and notes taken. My advice is for all to continue to support our own.
“You needed to see the hostile attitude meted out to your reps and you would weep for Africa. You needed to see the way lenses were used against our team last night without any action taken by the officials, you needed to see the officiating of the match and the dubious penalty awarded to them, then you would weep for African football.
“In all I want to thank our Chairman, Coaching Crew and the Players for containing this hostile game by giving them a good fight.
“We qualified for CAF Confederation Cup by defeating Nasarawa United on penalties and unfortunately we got eliminated from CAF through penalty shootout ”this is football” lesson learned…”
“To our supporters all over the world, God bless you all for standing for the team. To Nigerians in Egypt that came out en mass to cheer the team, you demonstrated the solidarity of oneness towards the team and one can only say, God bless you.
“Now is the time to focus on rebuilding through the league and FA Cup. Congratulations to Rangers and Rivers United for qualifying to next stage of CAF Champions League.”
Ifeanyi Ubah are currently 17th in the Nigerian Premier League with seven points from six game and their next game will be against Katsina United FC on Wednesday, February 22.
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