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Khanye – Bafana Would Lose Ghana Re-Match

Former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye has insisted that Bafana Bafana would lose the rematch against Ghana, should FIFA rule in the SAFA’s favour.

South Africa were unfortunate not to qualify for the next round of the World Cup Qualifiers after controversial a 1-0 loss to the Black Stars at Cape Coast Stadium.

Khanye was also surprised to see a West African-based referee to officiate a match of a neighbouring country, before saying it could be difficult for FIFA to give Bafana a re-match.

“A lot was said about the Senegalese referee Maguette N’diaye, some South Africans were questioning the use of a West African referee in a fixture that involves a West African team,” Khanye wrote in his iDiski Times column.

“Overall, I think the referee made some mistakes in the game, but I think a lot of people are exaggerating how bad he was. He made a mistake by awarding the corner that led to a penalty.

“It was clearly not a corner. With regard to the penalty he gave against Rushine De Reuck, it was a very soft penalty. I do not agree that it should have been awarded.

“The difficulty is that De Reuck had his hands on the Ghanaian player and the referee was too happy to blow his whistle in that instance. I don’t know if the penalty will be enough to convince FIFA to order the replay.

“SAFA will need to show evidence that the referee was involved in match-fixing. In football the referee’s decision is final, so I don’t see how the game can be replayed.”

However, the former Kaizer Chiefs dribbling-wizard thinks even if the FIFA outcome favours his country, Hugo Broos’s men will still lose the match.

“If the match was ordered by FIFA to be replayed, I think Ghana would win it again, by more goals this time around,” he added.

“I don’t know if Hugo Broos thinks he is trying to prove a point by omitting players who deserve to play in the national team. You cannot tell me that Andile Jali and Lyle Lakay are not good enough to play for the national team.

“If we have the same approach, I think Ghana will defeat Bafana Bafana again in a replay situation. They had more threatening chances in the game we played.

“Players like Nyiko Mobbie struggled to keep up with the Ghanaian attack. De Reuck and Siyanda Xulu were in sixes and sevens as a centre-back pairing, it just did not work out for them, they were lucky not to concede more goals.

“I felt that the selection of players by Hugo Broos was off the mark, especially considering that many of the players he picked were inexperienced and their lack of big-match experience showed in that game.”

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