Ghanaian referees have the power to render coaches wifeless, jobless and hypertensive, head coach of Ashgold Bashir Hayford has declared.
With just three (3) games to end the season, the performance of referees, aptly nicknamed “The Knights of The Whistle,” has come under scrutiny with many losing club coaches and officials pointing accusing figures at them.
Elsewhere, while the fates of clubs are largely determined by performances they put up on the field, Hayford believes referees in Ghana have more than a hand in determining results if they so wish.
“Referees can dictate the pace of the game if they so wish. My concern is bad referees. A referee can render a coach hypertensive. A referee can make a coach collapse and die. A referee can render a coach homeless and jobless. A referee can make a coach wifeless because the wife can divorce the coach (if bad refereeing makes them lose their job),” Bashir Hayford told Ultimate FM in Kumasi.
“We are doing our best to make the game enjoyable. Those who are in the middle should also do their part. If we were ordinary workers like everyone else, then they can do whatever they want. But we are not (ordinary workers). With just one blast of the whistle (if the decision is wrong), you’ll get light off (die), and you’re gone. Ofei Ansah (former Hearts of Oak coach who died after collapsing while coaching the team) is gone,” Hayford said.
Ashgold are hoping to win the league title for the first time since 1996, and sit atop the table with a 3-point lead with three (3) matches to end the season.
By Fentuo Tahiru