Asante Kotoko drew 0-0 against biggest rivals Hearts of Oak on Sundays during a Week 14 Ghana Premier League rescheduled fixture.
Goalkeeper Razak Abalora was voted the Most Valuable Player of the match but it is the performance of the center referee Selorm Yao Bless that we want to highlight.
Selorm is not a name that rings a bell within the circle of referees in the country but he did his job so well on Sunday.
His ability and stamina to follow the game resulted in him making two correct penalty calls – one for each side and after the game, there is calm among fans and pundit.
This was not one of the Kotoko – Hearts of Oak games that generates controversy that could last for weeks. This was not a Samuel Suka day. It was a Selorm match.
The only talking point has to do with whether the two penalties – taken by Kwame Poku of Kotoko and Isaac Mensah of Hearts of Oak – needed to be retaken since the defending goalkeepers seemed to have moved off their lines when the ball was kicked. But since both attempts were not scored, there is equality established and no one could question Selorm Yao Bless.
He was commanding and managed the game expertly and everyone is in awe