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Ghana Legend Gyan Casts Doubt on Penalty

Ghana all-time record goalscorer Asamoah Gyan claims Daniel Amartey went down too easily for the controversial penalty in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana.

The Black Stars won the game 1-0 thanks to the spot-kick captain Andre Dede Ayew converted in the first half after Rushine de Reuck was adjudged to have fouled Amartey.

While the result has been contested to Safa on the appeal of match manipulation against referee Maguette Ndiaye – pending the outcome of the Fifa investigation – Gyan has weighed on one of the most heated debates.

“I think the incident was a bit casual,” Gyan told Asempa FM on Tuesday. “There weren’t many cameras on the day to give us different angles unlike what we see in other league matches elsewhere.

“From where I sat and how I saw it, the infringement was debatable. I think Daniel Amartey went down too easily.

“This is my thought based on where I sat and how I saw things. However, the referee was closer to the spot and probably had a better view of the situation.

“Remember also that the tempo of the game was also high and that could have influenced the referee’s decision to award the spot-kick to Ghana

“We [are] all Ghanaians and support the Black Stars to win games so I always follow them even though I’m not part of the squad.

“I’m always supporting them to qualify to the World Cup. If I compare the game against Ethiopia and South Africa, I would say the Black Stars were better against South Africa.”

Fifa confirmed that the case would be heard on Tuesday 23 November before concluding the outcome to Safa and the Ghana Football Association (GFA).



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