Asante Kotoko striker Sadick Adams is adamant the penalty decision which helped his side draw 1-1 with rivals Hearts of Oak on Sunday was a right one.
The Porcupine Warriors were trailing by a goal after the hour mark courtesy a Kwame Kizito strike for the Phobians.
However, 20 minutes later. Referee Emmanuel Dally Gagba awarded Kotoko a penalty after captain Amos Frimpong’s shot was cleared for a corner by Leonard Tawiah. The clearance, was adjudged as a handball by the centre referee, prompting him to point to the spot.
And Adams, who was close enough to the action to tell which part of Tawiah’s body the goal-bound effort from his captain hit claims it was a clear handball.
“Yes, it hit his hand and the referee whistled for it. We all saw it. That was the only chance we had. We had to make use of it otherwise we would’ve lost the game. I had to score and I did,” Adams said.
But mercurial Hearts midfielder Winful Cobbinah thinks otherwise as he berates the referee’s display on the day.
“We didn’t lose concentration, stamina or anything. When they [Kotoko] equalized, they were on top of us and I can say the referee was also with them.
“I will say it without thinking twice,” a displeased Cobbinah remarked adding “you could see the penalty, which wasn’t a penalty [sic].”
“He [referee Gagba] made his mind to help Kotoko get at least point and it’s not good for Ghana football. If you are officiating, you have to be fair to everyone. He shouldn’t be doing that,” he bemoaned.
Asante Kotoko remain fourth on 36 points after Sunday’s draw. They are scheduled to clear another outstanding league game away to WAFA SC next week Wednesday.