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Ousted Gabon smarting at officiating

27 January 2015, 14:26

Malabo - Gabon are out of the Afcon 2015 and they are smarting at what they feel is atrocious officiating, SuperSport reports.

The country, which borders Equatorial Guinea, were left furious by a spot kick decision awarded the hosts when they met on Sunday.

That goal was the turning point.

"I don't want to make excuses but Equatorial Guinea would not have scored but for a non-existent penalty," coach Jorge Costa said after the game.

Also read: Hosts Equatorial Guinea down Gabon

The Nzalang Nacional were awarded the penalty in the 53rd minute when experienced forward Javier Balboa was fouled in the box and the former Real Madrid star picked himself up to score the opening goal of the game won 2-0 by his side in Bata.

Skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang accused Balboa of diving.

"We should have been the team in the quarter-finals. It was not a penalty, Balboa dived, and I have been in football long enough to know that. I'm not somebody who worked in a supermarket."

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