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World Cup 2022: South Africa is expelled from qualification after regrettable penalty decision

That disgusting! South Africa is ejected from World Cup qualification after Ghana received a penalty despite minimal contact with Leicester’s Daniel Amartey, with Andre Ayew converting

  • South Africa lost a place in the 2022 World Cup after 1-0 loss to Ghana
  • But his defeat was controversial after a questionable penalty sealed the result.
  • Rushine de Reuck was penalized despite barely touching Daniel Amartey


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South Africa may feel a great injustice after missing a place in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, with their loss to Ghana sealed by a highly questionable penalty decision.

Bafana Bafana lost 1-0 to their rivals in the African standings thanks to Andre Ayew’s decisive shot, sealing their fate and forcing them to see when the tournament will take place next year.

But referee Ndiaye Maguette’s decision looks increasingly dubious when recalling the crucial incident in which South Africa defender Rushine De Reuck was penalized for what appeared to be a minimal contract from Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey.

South Africa was expelled from World Cup qualification after conceding a dubious penalty that sealed their 1-0 loss to Ghana.

South Africa was expelled from World Cup qualification after conceding a dubious penalty that sealed their 1-0 loss to Ghana.

Daniel Amartey fell to the ground with ease despite minimal contact from Rushine De Reuck

Daniel Amartey fell to the ground with ease despite minimal contact from Rushine De Reuck

Daniel Amartey fell to the ground with ease despite minimal contact from Rushine De Reuck

The referee had no hesitation in signaling the point and handed De Reuck a yellow card.

The referee had no hesitation in signaling the point and handed De Reuck a yellow card.

The referee had no hesitation in signaling the point and handed De Reuck a yellow card.

After a corner kick was thrown, De Reuck moved his arm while looking for Amarey, but he immediately hit the platform, and the referee did not hesitate to mark the spot and reserve the defender.

The players looked puzzled and pleaded with the referee for their innocence, but former West Ham and Swansea star Andre Ayew stepped up and sent the penalty, which turned out to be the only goal of the game.

South Africa coach Hugo Broos was furious after the match and disagreed with Maguette’s performance, claiming that he allowed the Ghanaian players to be “too aggressive” but did not criticize his penalty decision.

“I congratulate Ghana, but I also congratulate my guys because we played against a very aggressive opponent that the referee allowed,” said the Belgian.

Former West Ham and Swansea forward Andre Ayew stepped up to score the point.

Former West Ham and Swansea forward Andre Ayew stepped up to score the point.

Former West Ham and Swansea forward Andre Ayew stepped up to score the point.

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

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

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

“I am very disappointed with the result but I am proud of my players. But I have to say that today’s referee allowed Ghana to be too aggressive. I have nothing against aggressive gambling, but it has to be legal assault.

‘I could not see [the penalty]. I just saw Daniel Amartey fall. He fell many times during the game, but I did not see the incident. But I saw that my players were surprised. ‘

Despite suffering their first group loss, it means South Africa finishes second in their leaderboard behind Ghana on goal difference, with both teams scoring 12 points in total.

South Africa coach Hugo Broos was far from happy with the referee's performance

South Africa coach Hugo Broos was far from happy with the referee's performance

South Africa coach Hugo Broos was far from happy with the referee’s performance

The Black Stars have yet to reach the World Cup, but are now advancing to the African play-offs. They will join the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Mali, Morocco and Senegal in hopes of sealing a coveted spot in Qatar.

The 10 group winners will play five two-game heats to decide the African representation of Qatar and the remaining four group winners will be decided on Tuesday.

The Bafana Bafana have yet to appear in a World Cup since they hosted the 2010 edition, where they were eliminated in the group stage.

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