July 13, 2024 10:19 am

Ghana could have won the World Cup if VAR existed in 2010 – Kwesi Nyantakyi

Former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kwesi Nyantakyi, has lauded the Confederation of African Football (CAF), for the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The VAR, he says, has curbed most of the controversies that have characterised the game and would go a long way to ensure a great competition in Cameroon.

After its introduction in November 2018, the VAR was first utilised in the 2019/2020 edition of the English Premier League where it subsequently featured in other leagues and continental tourneys.

This is the first time the technology is going to be used in the largest football festival on the African continent.

Speaking on the AFCON preview with Captain Smart on Onua TV/FM’s ‘Maakye’ Friday, January 7, 2022, Mr. Nyantakyi noted the long standing history of Europe and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), being the only two confederations to surpass the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup since it began in July 1930 would have been broken if VAR existed in 2010.

Advancing his assertion, Mr. Nyantakyi averred Ghana was denied the semi-final spot because, Dominic Adiyiah’s header which was blocked by Luis Suarez was a goal but was unfortunately on the blind side of the centre referee.

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But for the lack of a technology like the VAR, Ghana was compensated with a penalty which was a 50-50 opportunity.

“If VAR was there, Ghana would have been in the semis and probably won the World Cup. From where I was sitting, the Assistant Referee was moving to the centre because he took the ball as a goal but the Captain, John Mensah, who didn’t see the ball well rushed the referee and said the ball hit Suarez’s hand and because the referee was not in a better position to see the ball well, he took a penalty,” he explained.

He commended CAF for the initiative saying the VAR does settles a lot of controversies in the game.

He wished the Black Stars well and prayed they bring the trophy home, saying, the young players being paraded by the coach is an inspiration for them to strive for greener opportunities in their career and believes that would boost the team’s performance.

Ghana plays her first game with Morocco on Monday, January 10, 2021.

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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