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AFCON: Questions asked of referee at centre of Bafana controversy

Senegal arbitrator Maguette Ndiaye, who is one of 24 authorities in real life at the AFCON finals in Cameroon, experienced harsh criticism from SAFA for his treatment of Bafana's last 2022 Soccer World Cup qualifier against Ghana last year.Referee Maguette Ndiaye

Bafana expected to keep away from rout to advance to the following round of qualifying, however lost 1-0 to the Black Stars on account of a dubious punishment granted by Ndiaye to the home side.

SAFA expeditiously held up an authority protest, however world administering body FIFA dismissed the complaint.


In spite of the fact that Nigeria between time mentor Austin Eguavoen would not fault the ref inside and out after the Super Eagles crashed out of the competition, he scrutinized specific parts of the administering.

"I generally prefer not to blabber about officials, since they are the bosses," he said in his post-match public interview.

"However, everything is all good, in the event that one mentions his own objective fact. Iwobi's red card, I don't think [it was a red card].

"It was the principal foul, and it wasn't purposeful, however we need to take a gander at the VAR later and see.Bafana Bafana make strange announcement, fans go furious

"Notwithstanding, first offense, I don't think it was a red card. It wasn't hazardous play.

"And afterward squarely in his face, I can see perhaps the most courteous fellow in the group, Wilfred Ndidi, got crushed and solidly notwithstanding the ref.

"He griped, and that implies it was an unmistakable foul. However, having said that, we gain benefit to continue on and breakaway, and afterward he reviews it and gives us foul.

"Typically, in the sport of football, where there's a foul in a profitable position, you let it run. So that is only the main thing I see.

"Be that as it may, the arbitrator is a man of honor, he ought to have the option to control his feelings. When the game is done, questions stop. It has occurred, there is no way around it."

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