Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie has slammed the Confederation of African Football, CAF, after Moroccan referee Lamyaa Lourarhi failed to caution a Senegalese player for a studs-up challenge which left her with four cuts on her forehead.
The Nigeria senior women’s football team, the Super Falcons, were in Senegal on Friday were they were held to a 1-1 draw against the Tarenga Lionesses of Senegal in a 2016 women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Oparanozie, who plays her club football for Guingamp in France suffered four deep cuts on her forehead after a Senegalese defender launched a studs-up challenge which left her with several stitches but surprisingly enough, referee Lourarhi failed to at least issue a yellow card for a challenge that should have been a straight red card.
Reacting to the incident on her instagram page, Oparanozie lambasted CAF for the incident, claiming referees are being used to manipulate games on the continent.
“I feel pity for @CAF_online and African football in general. It’s such a shame that referees are being used to manipulate games.
“Who would’ve believed there’s no caution for this injury let alone a sent off…..would you believe if I told you I was standing on my feet when this happened?
“Those were boot studs (soft) raised as high as my height…..all the way to my forehead, leaving me with four (4) different cuts and there’s no form of caution whatsoever.
“Or am I to complain of the substance (juju) sprinkling on the pitch while game was on which the Moroccan ref LAMYAA LOURARHI did nothing about even after series of complaints. In this new age?
“African football is indeed in deep shambles. It’s just so unfortunate i happen to be the escape goat this time, it’s well. Thanks to you all for your support, and to as many that’s called and sent in messages….I sincerely appreciate. Nothing is going to stop us from qualifying, and when I say nothing….I mean NOTHING! #VivaSuperFalconsOfNigeria #GodPassThem,” she wrote on instagram.
The return leg takes place in Abuja next weekend.