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Mohammed Anas made the headlines for his rather bizarre post-match interview.

Ghanaian footballer who thanked wife and girlfriend in interview makes excuse for his mistake

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Post-match interviews don't often capture our imagination - unless they involve Jose Mourinho or Jurgen Klopp - so when a player or manager says something that catches fans' attention it often goes viral.

Players and managers' post-match duties mainly consist of reporters asking the same predictable and, often, tedious questions to which they do their best to reply in the least controversial fashion that will help them to avoid making the headlines for the wrong reasons.

How often do players answer questions honestly and directly, straight from the heart, when faced with a microphone? Almost never is the fair answer.

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So when modest footballer Mohammed Anas of Premier Soccer League's Free State Stars rather bizarrely thanked his wife and girlfriend after receiving the Man of the Match award following their 2-2 draw against Ajax Cape Town last Friday, it threw up many questions.

Footballers cheating on their girlfriends is far from uncommon, ask John Terry - although he managed to avoid announcing his affair with teammate Wayne Bridge's partner live on air!

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But although it is largely unclear whether Anas had been unloyal to his wife, it has raised suspicions.

"Thank you very much for giving me this. And I appreciate my fans, also my wife and my girlfriend..." Anas said in the aftermath of Friday's draw, per BBC News.

"I mean my wife, sorry to say. I'm sorry, my wife."

Interview goes viral

Social media, and YouTube in particular, helped the interview to go viral. However, the Ghanaian footballer has not acquired his brief moment of fame in the manner he would have hoped - despite his Man of the Match display.

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And it appears that while most professional footballers are given media training - on how to deal with questions from the press - Anas, forgivably and understandably, appears not to have been given such guidance.

When asked about his hotly-discussed interview, Anas didn't make the situation any better for himself by giving an excuse for his mistake - rather than simply dismissing the incident as a slip of the tongue.

Anas explains post-match blunder

"My family knows that I call my daughter my girlfriend. That's what I was talking about. I don't have a girlfriend," said Anas.

"I love her (my wife) so much. She's given me two beautiful children. She is fine. She knows what kind of man I am so I am not worried,"

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Of course, football prides itself on bringing people together from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, but the idea that anyone refers to their daughter as their "girlfriend" is a hard concept to grasp.

Not that the interview is playing on the African footballer's mind, though, with the Premier Soccer League star preferring to look at the positives.

Anas added: "I'm famous now - people around the world know me."

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