Real Tamale United coach Mohammed Gargo says the next time any referee causes his side to lose, they will go to the traditional gods of his ancestors for justice. He would not even bother with the formal route of taking grievances to the Disciplinary Committee of the FA.
The only team from Ghana’s Northern Region – the country’s largest region – RTU have gone four games without a win since their promotion to the Glo Premier League. Last Wednesday, they drew again, this time with Berekum Arsenals at the Tamale Stadium.
“The issue is we are all aware of what amount to fair officiating. If you take a look at our match with Kpando Heart of Lions, it was sure that the referee was just out do something than to officiate fairly,” he complained to Citi FM in Accra, having seen RTU draw three games and lose once since the season started.
The former national team player, known for his ferocious shots in his day, says it is abundantly clear that they have been on the bad end of some refs’ biased sticks. “The ref gave us a red card, and also awarded a penalty, of which the whole Ghana – not even the whole Ghana, but the whole world – is aware that it was not a penalty. We all attested to that fact.”
And then, the mindblowing threat to take the traditional route was made by the man who has played in England, Germany, Italy and Qatar in his storied career.
“That is we are saying that for now we are not going to make any official complaint, no. But if it becomes worse and worse, then we will start invoking our gods on them.”
The referee in charge of this week’s game involving RTU will be Silas Okine, and it will be against high-flying Medeama at the Tamale Stadium. Okine will be assisted by David Laryea, Philip Darku and Ernest Baafi.
The refs would be well advised to behave themselves.