The head coach of the Pharaohs of Egypt Carlos Queiroz has hit out at referee Bakary Gassama’s decision not to award them a penalty during their 1-0 loss to Nigeria in their opening match at the ongoing Afcon’21 in Cameroon.

The lacklustre Egyptians almost got a penalty inside the last 20 minutes of regular time when Nigerian winger Moses Simon tripped and impended Egypt’s Zizo in the box.

However, after discussing with the officials in the VAR room, the Gambian referee decided not to award a penalty and demanded play be restarted.

“In the second half, there was a very clear penalty for us that the referee didn’t award and the VAR did not intervene,” Queiroz said in his post match conference.

“May be at that time, the VAR was not working.

Nigeria’s Moses Simon trips Sayed Zizo in the box but referee says no Penalty

“There was clearly a penalty. It wasn’t our day, it wasn’t also a good day for the refereeing. Even my grandmother would have awarded it a penalty.

“It is a disaster because there are VAR referees. It is unacceptable. Watch the incident yourself. It’s unbelievable that with all these referees, no one noticed the penalty.” the former Real Madrid and Iran boss said.

Egypt went on lose by the existing scoreline as Iheanacho’s first-half strike differentiated both sides.

It was Egypt’s first loss in Afcon since a 2-1 loss to Algeria in 2004.

They will look to bounce back when they take on Guinea-Bissau in their second game.