South African Player Admits “Ghana Will Disgrace South Africa If World Cup Match Is Replayed”

A former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye believes Ghana will still beat Bafana Bafana should IFA order for a replay of the games.

The Black Stars pipped South Africa by a lone goal to book a place in the playoffs of the Mundial.

Captain of the side, Andre Ayew scored from spot-kick on 33rd minute after Daniel Amartey was brought down in the box of Bafana Bafana.

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Following the defeat, the South African Football Association [Safa] have lodged a complaint with Fifa citing that match referee Maguette Ndiaye, from Senegal, was allegedly not fair in the way he handled the match.

However, Khanye has insisted even if Fifa ordered for the replay of the fixture, there is no way Bafana are going to succeed against the Black Stars.

“If the match was ordered by Fifa to be replayed, I think Ghana would win it again, by more goals this time around,” Khanye said as quoted by iDiski Times.

“I don’t know if Hugo Broos thinks he is trying to prove a point by omitting players who deserve to play in the national team. You cannot tell me that Andile Jali and Lyle Lakay are not good enough to play for the national team.

“If we have the same approach, I think Ghana will defeat Bafana Bafana again in a replay situation. They had more threatening chances in the game we played.

“Players like Nyiko Mobbie struggled to keep up with the Ghanaian attack. De Reuck and Siyanda Xulu were in sixes and sevens as a centre-back pairing, it just did not work out for them, they were lucky not to concede more goals.

“I felt that the selection of players by Hugo Broos was off the mark, especially considering that many of the players he picked were inexperienced and their lack of big-match experience showed in that game.”

Khanye also admitted he was surprised to see a West African-based referee officiate a match of a neighbouring country.

“A lot was said about the Senegalese referee Maguette N’diaye, some South Africans were questioning the use of a West African referee in a fixture that involves a West African team,” Khanye continued.

“Overall, I think the referee made some mistakes in the game, but I think a lot of people are exaggerating how bad he was. He made a mistake by awarding the corner that led to a penalty.

“It was clearly not a corner. With regard to the penalty he gave against Rushine De Reuck, it was a very soft penalty. I do not agree that it should have been awarded.

“The difficulty is that De Reuck had his hands on the Ghanaian player and the referee was too happy to blow his whistle in that instance. I don’t know if the penalty will be enough to convince Fifa to order the replay.

“Safa will need to show evidence that the referee was involved in match-fixing. In football the referee’s decision is final, so I don’t see how the game can be replayed.”

Ghana are however seeking to return to the Mundial after missing out in the last edition of the tournament held in Russia in 2018.


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