Mzansi fans will be at ease now that something is being done regarding how referees judged the game between Bafana Bafana and Ghana.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that the association will challenging the match officials’ decisions made in the World Cup qualifier match on Sunday, November 15.
In an interview at the west-African country, SAFA Chief Executive Officer, Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe said the football body will lodge formal complaints to Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the FIFA regarding the conduct of the match officials.
Bafana Bafana were defeated 1-0 in their last group match encounter with the ‘Black Stars’. With both teams finishing the group stages with equal points, the decider was taken from the goal difference between both countries.
If the appeal is granted, a replay of the match will be scheduled.
“There are lot of questionable decisions made by match officials. That is why we’ll get an expert which will dissect other incidents so that we can make a strong case. We are looking at the precedence which FIFA set by ordering us to replay Senegal. We think if justice needs to be served, the same decisions needs to be taken against Ghana,” explained the SAFA CEO.
Fans make serious observations supporting Bafana
While the match was still playing and subsequently afterwards, a lot of football fans took to social media to express their frustrations and observations.
Many of these were aimed at the referee’s decisions which predominantly favoured the home team.
A goal by striker Percy Tau was ruled offside, however, footage shows the player on-side just before the ball was passed in his direction.
Another questionable decision was when a corner was given to Ghana by mistake, which led to the controversial penalty based on fall from one of the Ghanaians.
“This was never a corner to start with… Hopefully we gonna win this appeal,” tweeted okSALAHyo