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Super Eagles players appeal to referees for fairness

27 January 2013, 07:32

Johannesburg - Super Eagles captain, Joseph Yobo has appealled to the Referees officiating at the ongoing 2013 Africa Cup Nations (AFCON) to be fair to the teams in the remaining matches.

Reacting to Friday’s controversial penalty awarded to Zambia at the 86th minutes, Yobo said that while he would not want to question the officials, he would want to appeal for fairness.

"I don’t want to question the decision of the referee, but I want to make a passionate appeal to the referees to be fair in their decisions, so that the best team will always win.

"It was a bizarre officiating, the worst penalty award I have ever seen in my entire football career, only God knows why they are doing this to us,” Yobo said.

Another Super Eagles player, Azubuike Egwueke, said he was shocked from the bench area when the referee pointed to the spot.

“It was like a dream and I was asking whether it was a penalty award or free-kick against Zambia.

"CAF should help us plead with the referees to be fair to the team,” he said.

On his part Ogenyi Onazi, who was alleged to have caused the penalty, said he’s still at a loss over the referee’s call.

“The opposing Zambian player was the one who was pulling me, shoving and almost pulled down my pants and we were not even in the 18 yard box when the referee called for a penalty.

"CAF should please tell them to stop killing African football”, he said.

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles will on Sunday morning depart for Rustenberg from Nelspruit, where they will play their final game against Ethiopia on Tuesday.

Super Eagles will play their "must win'' last group match against Ethiopia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenberg.



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