The legend of African football in general, and of Nigeria, in particular, Jay-Jay Okocha replied curtly to the coach of Senegal, Aliou Cissé, and Algeria, Djamel Belmadi after their remarks on arbitration in Africa.
Following the elimination of Algeria from the World Cup by Cameroon, Djamel Belmadi severely attacked the refereeing at a press conference. An outing that did not go unnoticed with his Senegalese counterpart, Aliou Cissé, who did not fail to add fuel to the fire in the mixed zone. But for the former Nigerian international, Jay-Jay Okocha put the two men in their place, believing that it is not in their role to talk about arbitration.
“A coach has no right to talk about a referee’s mistakes. There is a structure capable of seeing better than us and sanctioning. The Senegalese coach is also not on his plate to support a decision already upheld. The VAR called out the referee, that means there is a fault, what are we talking about here, where is the referee’s error? We all watched that same game. We saw the offsides, the heads accompanied by the hands. Maradona called his hand of God nowadays the VAR is laser that sanctions”
“Cameroon is qualified one point that’s all! If we have to talk about refereeing errors, now is not the time. A country has just lost a match on green carpet that suddenly a coach comes to worsen the thing. Organize a symposium and discuss together the things that undermine African football. But not during or at the dawn of the competitions! The real mistakes made on purpose await you in the World Cup in Qatar where will you file your complaints?concluded Jay Jay Okocha.