File- Ghana Coach James Appiah
CAIRO – 9 July 2019: Ghana manager, James Appiah, revealed on Tuesday that the result against Tunisia would have been different if CAF deployed VAR earlier at the competition.
“If we had VAR to check on the (disallowed) goal, maybe it would have been a different result,"Appiah said on Tuesday.
Ghana suffered a defeat to Tunisia on Monday night at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16.
Ghana captain, Andre Ayew, scored a goal at the first half but it was disallowed for a handball by Thomas Partey.
Tunisia opened the score at the second half by TahaYassineKhenissi but Walid El Badwy’s own goal at the last minute of the game sent the clash to extra time which ended with the same result so the game went to penalty shootout.
Tunisian goalkeeper, Farouk Bin Mustapha, stopped Ghana’s third penalty while the Tunisian players were efficient during the shootouts and converted them to goals to secure their team’s qualification to the quarter finals.
Appiah added “I think that since VAR is being used in the whole world and we all know the benefits. Sometimes if you lose points because of the mistake of a referee, I don’t think it’s the best competition,"
VAR system will be introduced from the quarter-final stage of the competition.