CAF Cancels Referee Bennett champions league semi final assignment

South Africa’s referee Daniel Bennett, who was originally appointed to officiate in the clash between Egyptian giants Al Ahly and Tunisian side Etoil Du Sahel in the Semi-Finals of the CAF Champions League at the Borg el Aram Stadium, in Alexandria Egypt on 22 October 2018, has been sidelined by the CAF referees committee following his abysmal performance in the 2018 World Cup qualifier group E encounter between the Cranes of Uganda and the Black Stars in Kampala last Saturday.

Mr Bennett and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal.

The referee also reportedly denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second-half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box.

The Ghana Football Association has however, reported the referee and his Seychellois assistants to FIFA for their horrendous officiating, and called for a re-match against Uganda in the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

 

Ghana’s black Stars walk off the Stadium after the Uganda – Ghana Soccer match 7th Oct,2017 that ended 0-0 at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.(Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates).

The under pressure official has however been replaced by fellow South African referee Vitor Gomes to take charge of the tie.

The game between Uganda and Ghana ended in a goalless draw in Kampala Uganda, both teams fought for three points to spare any chances of qualifying for World Cup 2018.

It’s uncertain whether FIFA will makes the ruling in Ghana’s favor since Egypt has already qualified from the Group and the need for a Uganda versus Ghana re-match could be useless.

Bennett, 42, who is about to retire has served as a FIFA referee for 14 years since 2003 and in his career he was awarded South African best referee in 2000-2001 and 2010-2011 season.

Professionally Bennett is a school teacher at Mondeor Primary in Johannesburg.

 

Ghana’s black Stars frustrated by referee Bennett as they walk off the Stadium after the Uganda – Ghana Soccer match 7th Oct,2017 that ended 0-0 at Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/Kmaupdates.
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