Nigerian coach blames white US referee for Africa’s loss

Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi blamed American referee Mark Geiger after his side lost 2-0 to France in the World Cup last 16 in Brasilia.

Germany and France snuffed out African hopes after both European powerhouses left Africa with no teams to support.

France beat African champions Nigeria 2-0 and Germany secured their 2-1 victory over Algeria in extra time.

Joseph Yobo from Nigeria scored an own goal to add to France’s 1-0 victory.

It was the first time two African teams had reached the second round.

Both black teams went out within hours of each other to leave the continent still struggling to make an impact despite many teams including black players.

SABC commentators in South Africa openly favoured only-black teams in the competition, often making it a case of racial pride.

Many Nigerian supporters however, wore white-face to cheer their team.

Keshi opined at his post-match press conference at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium. “I’m not happy with the officiating,” because Emmanuel Emenike had a first-half goal ruled out for offside.

Replays show however that the call was correct.

Keshi also complained that France had been allowed to get away with certain offences.