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May 26, 2022

FIFA WCQ, 2022: Controversially eliminated South Africa call for investigations into ‘match-fixing’

By Allan Damba

Bafana Bafana, in the most controversial of ways, tasted defeat for the first time under head coach Hugo Broos against Ghana at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.

That 1-0 loss ended their chances of advancing to the next round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Andre Ayew’s questionable penalty secured a 1-0 victory and the all-important three points for the Black Stars to dethrone South Africa as Group G leaders.

That meant that Ghana make the cut for the final round of qualifiers for the global showpiece tournament in Qatar.

That penalty, along with a number of other referee Ndiaye Maguette’s decisions, have since sparked hostile reactions from the South African faithful. Others have been made to believe the game was fixed.

South Africa Football Association (SAFA) CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has since appealed both to CAF and FIFA to investigate possible match fixing.

“We suspect the game was fixed and our position is that it must be investigated. The conduct of the match officials left much to be desired and we want both CAF and FIFA to investigate.”

After the match, Broos also expressed his dissatisfaction towards the day’s officiating: “I have nothing against aggressive play but it has to be legal aggression.”

“I congratulate Ghana but I congratulate my boys also because we played against a very aggressive opponent which the referee allowed,” Broos said.

“I am very disappointed in the result but I am proud of my players. But I have to say, the referee today allowed Ghana to be too aggressive.”

Bafana Bafana had rallied to 13 points without defeat from four wins and one draw, while Ghana garnered 10 points from their first five matches in the group.

South Africa needed to avoid defeat, and Ghana only needed a victory of any kind to advance to the next round of the qualifiers.

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