Samuel Boadu, head coach of Ghanaian champions Hearts of Oak, was left frustrated by what he believed was bad officiating by referee Joseph Kenny Paddy during his side’s defeat to Medeama at the Akoon Park on Wednesday.
The Phobians succumbed to a late 1-0 defeat in Tarkwa in their Ghana Premier League Week 6 fixture outstanding fixture, thanks to a late penalty decision by the young referee.
The game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw when Medeama were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute after Hearts of Oak defender Robert Addo Sowah brought down veteran forward Ahmed Toure in the penalty area.
Former Phobian, Vincent Atingah scored from the resulting spot kick to hand Hearts their second defeat of the 2021/2022 season.
Speaking to the media after the game, Hearts of Oak trainer Samuel Boadu expressed his dismay about the standard of officiating leading to the defeat by his former club.
“I don’t talk about officiating but for today I think the referee was bad,” the coach said.
“He awarded Medeama a dubious penalty and I actually don’t know the motive behind the red card. Maybe he wants to destroy our team,” Boadu added.
The result leaves Hearts of Oak in 7th place, nine points behind league leaders Kumasi Asante Kotoko.
Samuel Boadu’s men will next face Kumasi Asante Kotoko in their other outstanding fixture on February 20.