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Emotional De Reuck Opens Up On Ghana Clash

Bafana Bafana defender Rushine De Reuck has opened up on the controversial match against Ghana, saying the decisions and what they experienced almost broke him.

The 25-year-old was judged to have fouled Daniel Amartey inside the box, resulting in the penalty converted by Andre Ayew.

De Reuck was seen in disbelief over the decision, which even saw him receive a yellow card by Senegalese match official Maguette Ndiaye.

The Mamelodi Sundowns defender was present at the SAFA press conference on Tuesday and now told his “painful” side of the story.

“It’s been a tough few days, not only for myself but anybody that’s part of Bafana,” said an emotional De Reuck.

“To go out the way we did was very painful. We worked very hard to put ourselves in a good situation.

“It was very tough for us the way we did. Talking about the game especially, it obviously was a very big game.

“We knew what it meant for the country, we were all excited to play against top players that played in Champions League, LaLiga, but I felt the opportunity of getting a result in the match was taken away from us.

“It felt rehearsed, like everyone knew what was going to happen, from the referees, the players, the ball boys.

“In the first 10 minutes, we already knew what was going on but we tried to keep our cool.

“As players I feel we deserve a second chance. It was heartbreaking, because I know what the result would have meant for not just myself, the players, our families. It really broke me.

“I just want to say thank you to all for your support, all the messages have helped me so much.”

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