SAFA Challenges Decision In Bafana Bafana Vs Ghana Match

SAFA Challenges Decision In Bafana Bafana Vs Ghana Match-SurgeZirc SA
SAFA Challenges Decision In Bafana Bafana Vs Ghana Match

The South African Football Association (Safa) will appeal the match decisions following Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 loss to Ghana in the 2022 Fifa World Cup Qualifier on Sunday.

The South Africans had a three-point lead over the Black Stars going into the final Group G match, and they knew they needed to avoid defeat to advance to the final round of qualification.

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If Ghana wins, both teams will have the same number of points and goal difference; however, the South Africans will be eliminated from the competition because they have scored fewer goals.

The game strategy had gone according to plan until the Ghanaians were granted a penalty in the 32nd minute, just after the half-hour mark.

It started with a corner when Daniel Amartey was pulled down in the penalty area. However, replays indicated that the player had dived, and Andre Ayew stepped up to take the penalty and put it away.

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Hugo Broos, Bafana’s coach, expressed his dissatisfaction with the game’s officiating immediately after the match: “I’m not happy, really not happy with the way the referee today let Ghana play [in an] aggressive way,” Broos remarked.

The coach went on to say that the style of play of his opponents was not the issue, but that the officials did not treat his team with the same leniency.

Safa CEO Tebogo Motlanthe took a tougher stance than the Belgian manager on Monday morning, indicating that Safa would contest the match’s judgments.

“Match officials have decided the game, which is not what’s supposed to happen. We, as the association, have decided that we will be writing to both CAF and Fifa. Firstly, to investigate how the game was handled and secondly to also challenge some of these decisions.”

Motlanthe continued: “We have already registered with the match commissioner that we will be writing a formal complaint”.

“We feel very much robbed because it is not an isolated incident of a penalty. There are a lot of decisions by match officials and of course, that’s why we will get an expert which will dissect what are the incidents so that we can make a strong case. We are looking at the precedence which Fifa set by ordering us to replay Senegal, ” the CEO said.

Referee Joseph Lemptey was banned for life in 2017 after being found guilty of breaking the rules governing improperly influencing match results when he awarded a penalty to Bafana Bafana in a World Cup qualifier against Senegal.

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