By Patrick Akoto
Seydou Keita feels referee Doue Noumandiez gave them a raw deal during their 1-0 defeat to Ghana in their second group B match in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
The Malians complained bitterly about the decision of the Ivorian referee to issue out a yellow card to goalkeeper Fatau Dauda after he handled the ball outside the box.
Their head trainer Patrice Carteron had some harsh words for the referee after the Ghanaians were awarded a penalty few minutes later which was expertly taken by Mubarak Wakaso.
The 33-year-old Dalian Aerbian midfielder feels embittered about the two decisions but insists they will book their seat in the knockout phase.
“There was a red card on the action where the goalkeeper (Ghana) sort (with the ball in his hands outside the penalty area,” Keita said
“What hurts us is the penalty which follows and which seems questionable.
“You lose the game on two facts game and it’s hard to swallow.
“But we will not hide behind it. It is very difficult for us.
“Now we know what we must do to qualify: we have to win against the DRC.
“We will have a good rest to prepare for this match, because our future is at stake in the African Cup.”