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Liberia vs Nigeria: Referee’s Poor Decision Against Nigeria That Needed A Review From VAR – Naijanewsdirect


The Super Eagles won Liberia as they extended their lead at their group table. It was a well deserved victory for Genort Rohr men as they were the better team both defensively and offensively. They completed the double against the Lone Stars, they already won 2-0 in the first leg and won 2-0 in the second leg.

Following the match up, there was a referee decision made against Nigeria that would have needed a look from the Video assistant referee. Unfortunately, the Video assistant referee isn’t used in African football and Liberia went away with that one.

Victor Osimhen put Nigeria in the lead after he scored from the penalty spot. Kelechi Iheanacho was tripped by Liberia’s goalkeeper and won the penalty for the Super Eagles. Victor Osimhen put the penalty away sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. Minutes after Osimhen opened the scoring, Jamilu Collins had the ball in the net but he was ruled out for offside.

Kelechi Iheanacho played a brilliant ball through to Jamilu Collins who scored a brilliant goal but the goal was ruled out. There’s actually no need to have a look from VAR’s perspective, Collins was clearly onside before Kelechi Iheanacho passed the ball. Liberia’s last defender was about a step ahead of Jamilu Collins before he received the pass, that’s never an offside and it wasn’t the best decision from the referee.

It’s high time the Confederation of African Football introduces VAR. In recent times, we’ve seen situations that should have a second review but the referee decision is always the final say in these situations.

Tunde Ogunmola
Tunde Ogunmola
'Tunde Ogunmola Executive Editor/CEO (OBAT CONNECTS CONCEPTS) Publishers of Naija News Direct) Tel: 08055102893, 08126439182 (WhatsApp)

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