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FIFA 2022 WCQ: South Africa protests Ghana’s victory, demands for a replay


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South Africa on Monday, demanded that their 2022 World Cup qualifying tie against Ghana be replayed following a controversial penalty that cost them a place in the African playoffs.

Replays from the match showed Ghana and Leicester City’s defender, Daniel Amartey, dived in the box during the Group G decider on Sunday – a decision that would not have stood if the VAR was used. This led to a penalty that was converted by Andre Ayew.

Prior to the tie, South Africa was leading at the summit of the table with 13 points and only needed a win or draw to seal a qualification to the playoff slot, while Ghana who were on 10 points needed all the three points to usurp their South African counterparts from the number one place on the table.

Both teams finished level on points and goal difference and the Black Stars won the section because they scored seven goals, one more than Bafana Bafana (The Boys), over six matches.

South African Football Association chief executive, Tebogo Mothlante speaking to reporters on Monday slammed the Senegalese referee that officiated the match (Maguette Ndiaye) and demanded a replay of the tie.

“Justice needs to be served and the match replayed,”

“The match officials decided the game, which is not supposed to happen. We will write to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA, asking them to investigate how the game was handled.”

“We have already told the match commissioner in Ghana that we will be making a formal complaint. We were very disheartened by the actions of the match officials.”

“We are looking at the precedent where Fifa ordered us to replay Senegal and we think the same decision should be taken regarding the Ghana game,” added Mothlante.

This article was updated 1 month ago

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