Assistant coach of Ghana Black Satellites, Yaw Preko has blamed Youth and Sports Minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye accusing him that his bribery allegations claims led to the Black Satellites exit from the African Youth Championship Competition.
The Young Lions of Senegal eliminated Ghana from the competition on 3:2 goal aggregates.
According to the former Black Stars player, the recent bribery allegations claimed by the ministry of youth and Sports that Ghana paid a whooping amount of $700,000 as bribe to the referee that officiated the match between Ghana and Egypt in Kumasi to help Ghana qualify for the 2014 FIFA World cup that was held in Brazil made the referee very cautious during the match.
According to reports, Ghana had two clear penalties but the Togolese referee failed to award those penalties.
In an interview Accra based Starr FM, Yaw said, “For a very important match for the nation and bribery case is all around, definitely, if I were the referee I will be straight without any favour to the home team, because eyes will be watching.
“We all saw it, there were some penalties which should have gone our way, but what can you say, it’s really difficult,” he added.
The teams which have qualified for the competition are Senegal, Guinea, Mali, Sudan, Egypt, South Africa, Cameroon and host country Zambia.
The final tournament is scheduled for 26 February to 12 March 2017, where the semi-finalists will represent Africa at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Korea Republic next May.