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South Africa deserve replay against Ghana - Bafana coach Hugo Broos Featured

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Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos speaks during the Safa presser on November 17 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images) Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos speaks during the Safa presser on November 17 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

South Africa coach Hugo Broos has vehemently stated that Bafana Bafana deserves a replay against Ghana following last Sunday’s controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) officially lodged a complaint to world football governing body, FIFA against Senegalese referee Maguette N'Diaye after he was accused of being bias and awarding Ghana an easy penalty in the crucial qualifying hurdle.

 

Ghana won the match and progressed to the playoffs courtesy of a goal from a penalty, which was one of the decisions by the center referee which has been called into question by SAFA.

 

However, loudmouth South African teeming supporters are pressurizing FIFA to kowtow without opening the necessary investigations and coming out with a thorough verdict which they think should be in their favor.

 

The allegations, which form part of the official protest to FIFA, were raised by SAFA at a press conference on Wednesday, during which Broos provided a vivid account of their experience at the Cape Coast Stadium.

 

"In the game against Ghana, and you can be sure of it, the determination of the team was there, we wanted to achieve a good result," the Belgian tactician said.

 

"We knew that it would be difficult and that we should play a good game to qualify for the next round. I saw that on the players in their behaviour, there was concentration, everything was there to play a good game.

 

"And then the game started, and after 15 minutes I went to the bench and I said to my two assistants, 'Forget it. Forget it. Ghana will win this game.

 

"I realise that there are games where you think the referee is against you because you are emotional or nervous, and after the game, you have to be honest with yourself. But after this game, I was more convinced that he had been against us, that we couldn't win that game, and that was very frustrating.

 

"I saw players cry after the game, I saw frustration, I saw anger, I saw everything. I thought it was the right emotional response that we had to have after that game.

 

"So, I hope, I really hope that the complaint will be received and that we can at least replay that game because we deserve that."

 

By: Pascal Nii Gogo Amoah

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