The moment of the controversial penalty decision that failed South Africa to the 2022 World Cup

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NBCNEWS – South Africa got one of those penalty decisions so controversial that they will demand a replay.

This happened when the team nicknamed ‘Bafana Bafana’ played against Ghana in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday (16/11/2021) and the match was decided in a very controversial way.

In the footage, Daniel Amartey, who plays for Leicester City, dives as if he was pulled by Rushine De Reuck in the first half and referee Ndiaye Maguette hastily awarded a penalty despite protests.

Former Swansea and West Ham forward Andre Ayew successfully carried out his duties as executioner to bring Ghana to the World Cup play-offs.

Shortly after the incident, the South African Football Federation immediately planned to file a protest against CAF and FIFA.

“The match officials have decided the match, which shouldn’t have happened,” COSAFA chief executive Tebogo Mothlante said in a statement.

“We will be writing letters to Caf (African Football Confederation) and (world governing body) FIFA – first to investigate how the game was handled and second to challenge some of these decisions.”

“We have signed up to the match commissioner that we will file a formal complaint. We are very disappointed with their actions and we cannot let it destroy the players – when we have the opportunity to challenge, we will challenge.”

“We feel very robbed because this is not an isolated penalty incident. There are just a lot of decisions being questioned by match officials and we will ask experts to dissect other incidents, so we can make a strong case.”

A few years ago, South Africa had to repeat the 2018 World Cup qualifying match vs Senegal due to a refereeing error which resulted in referee Joseph Lamptey being banned for life from officiating official matches in football.

Kalidou Koulibaly of Napoli was punished for handball when the ball clearly hit his knee. The rematch itself was won by Senegal with a score of 2-0 over South Africa.

Senegal qualified for the World Cup and Mothlante felt they should also receive the same treatment.

“Of course we saw the precedent where FIFA ordered us to replay Senegal and we think that if justice needs to be served the same decision should be taken against this game against Ghana.”

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