SAFA lodge official complaint against ref

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The South African Football Association has officially lodged a complaint after Bafana Bafana's 2022 FIFA World Cup hopes were ended by a controversial penalty decision.

On Sunday, South Africa's hopes of taking part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup were ended after Bafana Bafana suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Ghana, courtesy of a solitary goal from André Ayew.

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The Black Stars captain netted the only goal of the match from the penalty spot after Sengalese referee Maguette Ndiaye controversially adjudged Rushine De Reuck to have fouled Daniel Amartey in the box.

Replays of the incident suggested there was minimal contact between the two players and SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe has confirmed that the incident was immediately reported to the match commissioner.

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"Yes, I can confirm that we acted immediately by registering [a complaint] with the match commissioner last night," Motlanthe told

"The penalty issue, from where I was seated, it didn’t look legit. It is sad that referees decide the games at this level.

"Having seen what the team went through it is disheartening and we salute the Technical Team and the players for showing the fighting spirit despite the match officials' conduct."

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