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Angola's Primeiro de Agosto ask FIFA and CAF to replay Esperance game

Ahmad Hassan, Friday 26 Oct 2018
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Primeiro de Agosto celebrate after scoring against Esperance - CAF Champions League semifinal second leg - 23 October 2018. Source: facebook.com/clube1deagosto/
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Primeiro de Agosto president Carlos Hendrick called on FIFA and CAF to replay his side's game against Tunisian Esperance in the second-leg of the African Champions League semis, saying his side were on the receiving end of some glaring refereeing errors.

Hendrick described the refereeing of the game as "scandalous", pointing the finger at Zambian official Janny Sikazwe after Primeiro de Agosto were denied what seemed to be a legitimate goal in the second half of their 4-2 defeat by Esperance in a thrilling see-saw encounter, which was held in Rades last Tuesday. 

The chairman believes that Sikazwe’s decisions had a direct effect on the final result that granted Esperance a ticket to the final with a 4-3 aggregate win.

He was quoted by the Angolan Football Federation's website as saying he does not recognize that his team were knocked out of the flagship African competition, demanding that the game be replayed on a neutral ground.

“This is shame. It was a war, not a football game” Primeiro de Agosto coach Zoran Manojlovic commented.

Esperance will meet Egypt's Ahly in the final after the record eight-time winners defeated Algeria's ES Setif 3-2 on aggregate.

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