Appalling: Hearts penalty was a bad call – Ashgold’s Ato Bissah

Ashanti Gold midfielder, Joseph Ato Bissah says the penalty awarded to Hearts of Oak by referee Desmond Abbey in the final minute of their outstanding match day 16 played on Wednesday which ended 2-2 was very bad.

The miners were cruising to a 2-1 win until the referee awarded the Phobains a late penalty which was converted neatly by the captain of the Accra based side, Robin Gnagne to earn a point for his side.

After the game, Ashanti Gold officials led by their head coach, Bashiru Hayford vehemently protested the referee’s decision and midfielder, Joseph Ato Bissah share the same thoughts with his coach.

‘Hearts of Oak gave us a tough game but we took the lead and late in the game they equalized from the spot, I’m a person that I don’t like talking about referees but that penalty he gave to them [Hearts of Oak] was very bad,’ Ato Bissah told

‘He added 5 minutes and we played 7 minutes and also gave Hearts of Oak that bad penalty; it is painful though but I don’t like talking about referees,’ he reiterated.

He continued: ‘Hearts of Oak’s  game is past and gone, we are now focusing on our next game which is against Wa Allstars and we will be going for the 3 points in that game’.

On Ashanti Gold title chase, Joseph Ato Bissah said their target is to win the league title – ‘We are currently leading the league table and we don’t want to be complacent because our aim this year is to win the league’.

Ashanti Gold sit on top of the league with 30 points, they have 16 games.

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