South Africa out of World Cup qualifying after woeful penalty call

What a sickener! South Africa are dumped out of World Cup qualifying after Ghana were awarded a penalty despite minimal contact on Leicester’s Daniel Amartey – with Andre Ayew converting

  • South Africa missed out on a spot at the 2022 World Cup after 1-0 loss to Ghana 
  • But their defeat was controversial after a questionable penalty sealed the result   
  • Rushine De Reuck was penalised despite hardly touching Daniel Amartey

South Africa can feel a huge injustice after missing out on a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with their defeat against Ghana being sealed by a highly questionable penalty decision.

Bafana Bafana lost 1-0 against their rivals in African qualifying thanks to Andre Ayew’s decisive spot kick, sealing their fate and forcing them to watch on when the tournament takes place next year.

But the decision from referee Ndiaye Maguette looks more and more dubious when looking back at the crucial incident where South Africa defender Rushine De Reuck was penalised for what appeared to be a minimal contract on Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey.

South Africa were dumped out of World Cup qualifying after a conceding a dubious penalty that sealed their 1-0 loss to Ghana

Daniel Amartey went to ground easily despite minimal contact from Rushine De Reuck

The referee had no hestitation to point to the spot and handed De Reuck a yellow card

After a corner kick was floated in, De Reuck flicked his arm out while looking out for Amarey, but he immediately hit the deck – with the referee having no hesitation in pointing to the spot and booking the defender.

Players looked baffled and pleaded their innocence to the official, but former West Ham and Swansea star Andre Ayew stepped up and dispatched the spot kick, which proved to be the only goal of the game. 

South Africa coach Hugo Broos was left seething after the game and took issue with the performance of Maguette, claiming he allowed Ghana players to be ‘too aggressive’, but stopped short of criticising his penalty decision.

‘I congratulate Ghana but I congratulate my boys also because we played against a very aggressive opponent which the referee allowed,’ the Belgian said.

Former West Ham and Swansea forward Andre Ayew stepped up to slot home the spot kick

Ghana now progress to the play-offs after winning their qualifying group on goal difference

‘I am very disappointed in the result but I’m proud of my players. But I have to say, the referee today allowed Ghana to be too aggressive. I have nothing against aggressive play but it has to be legal aggression. 

‘I couldn’t see [the penalty]. I just saw Daniel Amartey go down. He went down many times during the game, but I didn’t see the incident. But I saw my players were surprised.’

Despite suffering their first loss of the group, it means South Africa finish second in their qualifying table behind Ghana on goal difference, with both teams earning 12 points in total. 

South Africa boss Hugo Broos was far from happy with the performance from the referee 

The Black Stars are yet to make the World Cup but now progress to the African play-offs. They will join DR Congo, Egypt, Mali, Morocco and Senegal hoping to seal a coveted place in Qatar.

The 10 group winners play five two-legged ties to decide the African representation for Qatar and the remaining four group winners will be decided on Tuesday. 

Bafana Bafana are yet to appear at a World Cup since hosting the 2010 edition, where they were eliminated in the group stage. 

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