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Ghana Defender: It Looked Soft

Ghana defender Andy Yiadom admits the penalty they received against Bafana Bafana looked soft and revealed what’s been said amongst the team since the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The Black Stars advanced as Group G winners following a controversial penalty decision – which captain Andre Ayew duly slotted home – secured a 1-0 win over South Africa last Sunday.

However, the South African Football Association (Safa) has since lodged an appeal with CAF and Fifa – which the latter has confirmed they will investigate for alleged match manipulation.

And the Reading defender admits he feels there was a hint of good fortune about the spot-kick as Rushin de Reuck was alleged to have fouled Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey in the area.

“When I was on the pitch it looked like it was a penalty, but I have watched it back it looks like it could be a little bit soft,” he told BBC World Service.

“But it is football and I have had them given against me plenty of times and it is one of those things and it was about actually scoring the penalty which we did.

“I have been the person who has just touched him and the other person has just fallen over. At the moment I know we won the game and that’s that.”

With the Safa and the GFA seemingly within a war of words in an explosive week that’s divided the fans of the two nations, Yiadom says not much has been said amongst the Black Stars squad as of yet.

“We have a WhatsApp group but nothing has really been said in it and I haven’t really been following it,” he concluded.

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