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Controversial Bafana Ref Questioned Again

The referee who made headlines in Bafana Bafana’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ghana, has once again been questioned after his performance at the African Cup of Nations.

Maguette Ndiaye found himself in hot water after his officiating in the Bafana-Ghana was questioned by the South African Football Association, who accused him of match manipulation.

However, SAFA’s protest was ruled out by FIFA based on a technicality, leading to Diaye also being part the referees at AFCON.

At Africa’s showpiece, he took charge of Sunday’s last 16 match between Nigeria and Tunisia, with Nigeria interim coach Austin Eguavoen questioning some calls by the referee.

“I don’t like to talk too much about referees, because they are the masters,” he said in his post-match press conference.

“But there is nothing wrong, if one makes his own observation. Iwobi’s red card, I don’t think [it was a red card].

“It was the first foul, and it wasn’t intentional, but we have to look at the VAR later and see.

“However, first offence, I don’t think it was a red card. It wasn’t dangerous play.

“And then right in his face, I can see one of the most gentlemen in the team, Wilfred Ndidi, got smashed and right in the face of the referee.

“He complained, which means it was a clear foul. But having said that, we gain advantage to move on and breakaway, and then he recalls it and gives us foul.

“Normally, in the game of football, where there’s a foul in an advantageous position, you let it run. So that is just the only thing I see.

“But the referee is a gentleman, he should be able to control his emotions. Once the game is done, questions stop. It has happened, there is nothing we can do about it.”

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Tunisia advanced to the quarter-finals after Youssef Msakni’s shot from the outside the box was the only goal of the night.

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