After a shocking admission by Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan on the recent penalty controversy, it is believed that the South African Football Association (SAFA’s) petition against the Black Stars has gotten a lot stronger.
The Former Captain of the Black Stars believe that the infringement was very casual and that Daniel Amartey went down too easily.
According to Gyan, “the cameras in the stadium weren’t good enough but those on the field of play are in a better position to make a judgement on it.”
“But, to me, the infringement looked very casual. The player went down very easily but the referee was very close to the incident so he can make his decision on the field but for and where I sit, I think Amartey went down very easily.”
“I’m just expressing my opinion but those on the field of play can make a better judgement. I think it was a 50-50 decision. The game was played under high-intensity pressure and that could affect the decision of the referee,” he stated in an interview with Asempa FM.
Meanwhile, Black Stars defender Andy Yiadom has already stirred controversy by admitting that the controversial penalty was a little bit soft.
The South African Football Association has been pushing for a replay of their match against the Black Stars of Ghana right after the game ended in Cape Coast.
According to them, the Senegalese referee Ndiaye Maguette has “robbed” them.
They have however filed an official petition which has been submitted to FIFA — in some few hours or days, FIFA will announce their verdict.
FIFA was scheduled to sit on the case on Tuesday, November 23, with a decision expected this week.
CAF is also expected to announce how and where the Play-Offs will be held, with suggestions that these games be moved to Qatar.
Only five of the ten countries who have qualified for the playoffs will advance to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.