Braves of CEPS Coach Lawal Brimah has waded into the subject of officiating in the ongoing Accra Basketball League (ABL) by stating officiating in the league is very bad. The veteran coach made the statement in the after math of his side’s 55-28 shellacking of Navy at the Lebanon House in Tudu.
Speaking to Basketballghana.com, Brimah was not enthused with game officials handling of games in the league. He said:
“The call is very, very pathetic is very serious and in fact I don’t support most of the calls. Some of the charges they call are uncalled for. I don’t understand”.
Irked by consistent calls against his team particularly on starting Point Guard Baniba Dodzie, Brimah vented his spleen on officials and had to be held back by members of his team. He apologized for his actions saying:
“Yesterday I was really angry but I regret for my actions and it won’t happen again”.
His statement joins the chorus of criticisms that were made in the second week of the league. DC Dynamics Coach Feranmi Olulonyo also exchanged heated words with officials during his side’s 59-65 loss to Prison Reformers.
The incident marked the second time Brimah has had to deal with questionable calls from officials in as many months.
At the just ended Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship, Accra Polytechnic, with Brimah on the sideline, felt aggrieved by referee Gasu Quarmyne’s decision to charge Center Emmanuel Gyampong for an offensive foul with the team trailing and the clock winding down.
Accra Polytechnic lost 44-45 to University of Ghana and the title.