The acting chairman of the Referees Association of Ghana (RAG), Joseph Debrah has expressed shock at the ban of referee J.O Lamptey.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday, 21st November 2016 handed a three month suspension to the Ghanaian referee for his poor performance during a 2018 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in which he awarded a penalty in South Africa’s favor for a handball that never was.
Referee Joe Debrah in an interview with Footy-Ghana.com said he was surprised because the suspension has all but ended Lamptey’s chances of officiating the world cup.
“I was shocked and surprised to hear this because I knew where he was heading towards and I know for sure he was one of the few selected for the AFCON and I know if he had performed well, he would have been at the World Cup,” he said.
The referee’s chief however is optimistic the situation won’t affect the chances of other Ghanaian referees.
“CAF has a report of every referee, and know the caliber and pedigree of every referee in Ghana so they know those who are good, who are average and those who are not good, so I don’t think this one can affect them all.
“If really they mean to take someone from Ghana to officiate, automatically they can get someone to do so and the person will perform well,” he concluded.
Referee J.O Lamptey will miss the 2017 AFCON tournament in Gabon as a result of his ban.