Algeria’s football federation (FAF) has requested that the second leg of their 2022 World Cup play-off against Cameroon be replayed as they sent complaints about refereeing decisions. The former African Cup of Nations champions were eliminated on away goals after a 2-1 defeat after extra time in Blida on Tuesday,r with Cameroon forward Karl Toko Ekambi scoring the winner in the 124th minute of the game.
Algeria wants their Playoff Against Cameroon Replayed
A FAF statement said it had appealed with the world governing body Fifa, citing “scandalous arbitration” that “distorted the result”. Algeria striker Islam Slimani had a second-half goal ruled out for offside when the score was 1-0 to Cameroon, and Slimani then had another effort chalked off in the first half of extra time.
The referee Bakary Gassama who is from the Gambia initially awarded a goal in the 98th minute but subsequently disallowed Slimani’s effort for handball after an intervention from the video assistant referee and a check on his pitchside monitor. Algeria did equalize on the night, and go ahead 2-1 on aggregate, through Ahmed Touba’s 118th-minute header, but Toko Ekambi struck deep in added time to level the tie at 2-2 and send the central Africans to Qatar.
A statement on the FAF website said: “The FAF is determined to use all legally permitted means to have its rights restored and to replay the match under conditions guaranteeing the honesty and partiality of the referee.” “The FAF also requests the opening of an investigation by Fifa bodies to shed light on the arbitration of the Algeria-Cameroon match.”
Meanwhile, Desert Fox’s head coach Charaf-Eddine Amara has resigned as president of FAF following Algeria’s exit from World Cup qualifying.