Ghana forward Oman Bukari has refuted suggestions that he was in any way disrespectful towards Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo when the two sides met in a World Cup Group H encounter in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.
The Black Stars forward received some flak from a section of the fans, especially on social media after a resorted to a trademark Ronaldo ‘Sui’ celebration when he scored Ghana’s second goal a 2-3 defeat against the former European champions.
Osman Bukari in a Twitter post after the game said he had been compelled to clarify the issues due to the erroneous impression; stating emphatically that his upbringing would not even permit him to be disrespectful towards such a football legend and a man he described as his idol.
He said. “I have noticed my celebration today has generated comments claiming I was disrespectful towards Ronaldo.
“This is incorrect. I was overcome by the emotion of the moment of scoring for my country on my World Cup debut leading to my celebration. My upbringing doesn’t permit me.”
I have noticed my celebration today has generated comments claiming I was disrespectful towards Ronaldo
This is incorrect. I was overcome by the emotion of the moment of scoring for my country on my World Cup debut leading to my celebration.
My upbringing doesn’t permit me
— Osman Bukari (@OsmanBukari9) November 24, 2022
Bukari who is playing in his first FIFA World Cup came on in the 77th minute as Ghana chased for a point in their encounter with Portugal.
The pacy winger got his goal in the 89th minute, giving Ghana a glimmer of hope they could snatch something from the game.
The goal was, however, not enough as the Black Stars lost to the Ronaldo-led side. The result means Ghana must get points off Uruguay and South Korea in their next games.
Meanwhile, victory means Portugal top Group H after Uruguay and South Korea played out a goalless draw earlier on Thursday.