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Potential bad news for Bafana-Bafana? Here’s the ONE factor that secured Senegal’s replay

Bafana Bafana could be in for some terrible news. This is the ONE element that ensured Senegal's rematch, but which could jeopardize SAFA's appeal.

On Sunday evening, Ghana knocked Bafana Bafana out of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, prompting SAFA to protest the result.

The difference between Bafana Bafana and their hosts Ghana was a penalty decision, with the dubious nature of the penalty prompting a SAFA appeal.

QUALIFIERS FOR THE WORLD CUP WERE KNOCKED OUT BY BAFANA BAFANA.

Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded Ghana a contentious penalty, which was converted by the Black Stars, knocking Bafana Bafana out of the World Cup Qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

The penalty was awarded after a Ghanaian corner found its way all the way to Bafana Bafana's Daniel Amartey in the box. Rushine de Reuck, a Leicester City utility player, fell down to the ground in the most theatrical fashion imaginable after just a few touches on the shoulder from Mamelodi Sundowns defender Rushine de Reuck, with Ndiaye pointing to the spot immediately.

THE DUBIOUSLY AWARDED PENALTY WAS CONVERTED BY AYEW TO WIN THE GAME FOR GHANA.

Andre Ayew, who was making his 100th appearance for Ghana on the night, stepped up as captain, putting the penalty kick away and sending Bafana Bafana skipper Ronwen Williams the wrong way. In the end, that goal proved important, as it advanced the host team to the World Cup Qualifiers play-off round while sending the visitors home.

APPEAL INTENT CONFIRMED BY SAFA

Following a barrage of criticism from Bafana Bafana supporters, present and former players, coaches, and sports commentators, SAFA CEO Teboho Motlanthe vowed to defend the case and seek intervention from FIFA and CAF.

That would be comparable to the procedure taken by the Senegalese FA against South Africa, when they lodged a complaint regarding Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey's officiating in Bafana Bafana's now-accountable 2-1 win over Senegal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

However, this is where things could get complicated for Bafana Bafana. In the case of Senegal, FIFA's investigation was able to show that Lamptey was indeed tampering with the game's outcome, not only through his dubious calls, but also through a pattern of similar score lines in other matches played on the same day as part of a betting syndicate in Hong Kong and Singapore.

THE ONE POSSIBLE DIFFERENCE IN THE CASES OF BAFANA BAFANA AND SENEGAL

So, if you believe that, SAFA's only realistic hope is to be able to follow a comparable pattern that establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Ndiaye was rigging the game by using score lines from prior games to necessitate a replay. If FIFA is unable to identify such a trend, it is possible that Ndiaye will be penalised only for his poor performance, with the outcome remaining unchanged, as is often the case in most cases.

EVERYTHING FOR THE FIRST TIME?

Despite the fact that the precedent does not support SAFA's appeal, and it appears that a high amount of damning evidence is required to force a replay, there is a first time for everything. So both SAFA and Bafana Bafana will be hoping that this incident will be reviewed on its own merits rather than the Senegal appeal, and that it will receive the justice it deserves.

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Potential bad news for Bafana Bafana? Here’s the ONE factor that secured Senegal’s replay but could hamper SAFA’s appeal https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/soccer/bafana-bafana/potential-bad-news-for-bafana-bafana-heres-the-one-factor-that-secured-senegals-replay-but-could-hamper-safas-appeal

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