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Petition launched to force Ghana vs Bafana REMATCH – with EFF support…

We want a rematch! Maguette Ndiaye could well be public enemy number one in South Africa on Monday, following his inept refereeing display last night. The Senegalese official made a series of bizarre decisions during Bafana Bafana’s crunch clash with Ghana, but no call was more infuriating than the penalty he awarded to the Black Stars.Needing to avoid defeat to advance to the next round of World Cup Qualifying, South Africa were downed by a dodgy spot-kick, losing 1-0 to the hosts in Accra. Ndiaye saw a foul that no one else in the ground did, consigning Hugo Broos’ men to a bitter defeat. However, South Africans aren’t ready to let this burning injustice pass.

A petition has now been launched online, demanding an immediate investigation from FIFA. The sport’s governing body has been asked to find out if the referee and his colleagues were involved in ‘match fixing’.The demands of the petition include a rematch at a neutral venue, and a referee from ‘one of the Arab nations’ to ensure neutrality. Thato Majola, who started the campaign, made the following plea.Indeed, any demand to replay the match and overturn the result would be supported by the EFF. Floyd Shivambu, the deputy leader of the Red Berets, also called upon FIFA to rectify the irrational decisions made by the referee.What may serve as encouragement for SAFA and its appealing officials is that there is a precedent for getting fixed games replayed. Back in 2017, referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for life, after he ‘unlawfully influenced’ the outcome of South Africa’s victory over Senegal earlier that year.

The result was expunged from qualifying, and ended up being played a second time. Bafana Bafana now have the shoe on the other foot, and a request for an investigation – at the very least – doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

Nana Kay

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