The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated their long-aged rivals, Cameroon, with a score of two goals to nil to advance to the quarterfinal of the competition
The first goal scored by Semi Ajayi for the Super Eagles of Nigeria against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon has sparked discussions among fans and experts, shedding light on a less-known aspect of the rulebook, Soccernet.ng reports.
Typically, the offside line is determined in relation to the last but one player behind, commonly the last defender before the goalkeeper.
However, the controversy arose when Cameroon’s goalkeeper, Fabrice Ondoa, quickly advanced off his line, positioning himself ahead of a defender.
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In this unique scenario of Law 11 of IFAB rules, the goalkeeper becomes the last but one player, serving as the point where the offside line is drawn. Consequently, Semi Ajayi and Victor Osimhen, positioned behind Ondoa, are considered offside.
The intricacy deepens as the Cameroon defender on the goal line is then deemed the goalkeeper in this altered scenario.
The goal was subsequently cancelled, with the reason being that Osimhen and Ajayi, found in an offside position, were obstructing the view of the Cameroon player on the line.
This interpretation of the offside rule has sparked debate over its fairness and practicality. Fans are divided on whether it adds complexity or confusion to the game, while analysts weigh in on the need for clarity in officiating such scenarios.