Kwesi Nyantakyi believes that if VAR had been available in 2010, Ghana could have won the World Cup
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Kwesi Nyantakyi, the former President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has praised the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for implementing the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). Kwesi Nyantakyi believes that if VAR had been available in 2010, Ghana could have won the World Cup.
He claims that the VAR has eliminated most of the problems that have plagued the game and that it would go a long way toward ensuring a fantastic competition in Cameroon.
The VAR was first used in the 2019/2020 English Premier League after its debut in November 2018, and it has since been used in other leagues and continental tournaments.
Mr. Nyantakyi noted on Onua TV/’Maakye’ FM’s Friday, January 7, 2022, during the AFCON preview with Captain Smart that the long-standing history of Europe and the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) as the only two confederations to advance past the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup since it began in July 1930 would have been broken if VAR existed in 2010.
Mr. Nyantakyi backed up his claim by claiming that Ghana was denied a place in the semi-finals because Dominic Adiyiah’s header, which was blocked by Luis Suarez, was a goal but was on the wrong side of the centre referee.
“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 praised CAF for taking the initiative, claiming that the VAR resolves many of the game’s problems.
He wished the Black Stars luck and hoped they would bring the trophy home, noting that the young players being paraded by the coach inspire them to pursue greener pastures in their careers, which he believes will improve the team’s performance.
On Monday, January 10, 2021, Ghana will play Morocco for the first match.