Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos has given an honest review on the penalty awarded to Ghana which ensured the home side advanced to the final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The Black Stars clinched a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a questionable penalty given to the Ghanaians at the half-hour mark of contest.
Replays showed Bafana defender Rushine De Reuck barely touching Daniel Amartey, before the Ghana midfielder fell to the ground following a corner-kick.
Referee Ndiaye Maguette, who was not far from the incident, immediately blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot.
The South Africans protested, including De Reuck, but the call was final, and Andre Ayew netted the night's only goal which was enough to see his side advance to the qualifiers scheduled for March.
Speaking to reporters after the match, Broos said he believed referee Maguette "allowed" Ghana to play aggressively while Bafana were not given the same treatment.
"I congratulate Ghana for their qualification to the next round, and on the other side, I have to congratulate my team also because we played a very difficult game in very difficult circumstances," Broos said.
"We played against a very aggressive opponent, which the referee allowed. So, it was difficult for us to have a good result here today.
"First of all, I'm disappointed with the result. As you saw today, we were very close (in qualifying for the next round).
"The decision today was one goal difference, so that is a second disappointment that we have.
"And again, I'm really not happy with the way the referee today let Ghana play in an aggressive way, and I have nothing against that, but it has to be for both sides. And that was not the case today.
Regarding the penalty, Broos commented: "I couldn't see it. I just saw Daniel Amartey go down. He went down many times during the game, but I didn't see the incident. But I saw my players were surprised."
Meanwhile, former Bafana Bafana and Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane added his voice to the mix calling on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA to do something about the various dubious officiating in the World Cup qualifiers.
Penalties!! CAF World Cup qualifiers:— Pitso Mosimane (@TheRealPitso) November 14, 2021
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Former Bafana Bafana skipper and midfielder Steven Pienaar also took to social media to question whether it was a penalty, saying: "How was that a penalty? Disgrace @CAF_Online"