Editorials
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16 Nov 2021
6:15 am

Blowing whistle on bad refereeing

Editorials

There is a clear difference between match manipulation and simple refereeing incompetence, which it is quite possible was the case here.

Hugo Broos coach of South Africa during theSAFA Team Announcement on 19 August 2021 at SAFA House / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackapagePix

The SA Football Association have every right to be furious at Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye, after his shocking penalty decision handed Ghana the vital winning goal against Bafana Bafana in their Group G Fifa World Cup qualifier at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday. Andre Ayew’s spot kick ultimately sent the Black Stars to the final qualifying round for Qatar 2022 and eliminated Bafana – unless Safa somehow succeed with their appeal to the Confederation of African Football and Fifa to investigate the performance of Ndiaye and his assistants. Safa CEO Tebogo Motlanthe referenced “manipulation” in his statement on Monday,...