South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO, Tebogo Motlanthe has described their game against Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers as a fixed one and is calling for an early investigations on the match officials.
The Black Stars humbled South Africa narrowly by a 1-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium in their final group game of the ongoing qualifiers
The referee in question Ndiaye Maguette in the game awarded Ghana a penalty on the 31st minute which eventually led to the only goal of the game which was scored by skipper Andre Ayew.
The decision to award the penalty hasn’t gone down well with the South Africans who have furiously brought the Senegalese referee under huge scrutiny questioning his perfomance stating he was influenced by the Ghanaian officials
Also speaking after the game, head coach Hugo Broos also accused the match-official for allowing Ghana to play aggressively in the entire the game.
Reacting to the defeat, Tebogo Motlanthe has anxiously described the game as a fixed one and is calling for FIFA and CAF to launch an immediate investigation with other reports stating they are calling for a rematch. He said;
“We[SAFA] suspect the game was fixed and our position is that it must be investigated,” the SAFA CEO said.
“The conduct of the match officials [from Senegal] left much to be desired and we want both CAF and FIFA to investigate.”
“We salute the boys and the technical team for the good work they have done.”
The Bafana Bafanas were really impressive throughout the qualifiers having led Group G throughout the qualifiers until the final day loss which has denied them qualification into the playoff round.