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2022 WCQ: Andre Ayew rejects South Africa’s ‘dubious’ penalty claims

Ghana captain, Andre Ayew has dismissed South Africa’s claims the penalty awarded to the Black Stars last night in the Group G decider of the African qualifiers for the 2022 Fifa World Cup was dubious.

The forward believes the Senegalese match official should have awarded Ghana two more penalties.

Ghana defeated the Bafana Bafana 1-0 at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium courtesy of Andre Ayew’s first-half penalty to progress to the playoffs.

South Africans have said the contact made by the Bafana Bafana defender on Daniel Amartey was minimal and does not merit a penalty decision.

But speaking after the game, Andre Ayew dismissed those assertions.

“Yes, we won fair and square,” the 31-year-old said. “I think we had more clear chances. It was a tough game, South Africa came and they did their job but we won this game fair and square.

“We could have scored more. And I think the penalty was a clear penalty, and I think it was the other way around, the referee should have given two penalties. But it is part of the game.

“We are happy that we have won and that we are going through to the next round and now there is a big job to do in March.”

The South Africa Football Association has confirmed its decision to lodge a complaint to Fifa to investigate the performance of the match officials.

 

By Adamu Benin Abdul Karim | www.sportyafrica.com 

 

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