Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has waded into the controversy of the penalty incident involving the Black Stars and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash a fortnight ago.
Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye awarded a 32nd-minute penalty to the Black Stars in the all-important decider between the four-time African champions and the Rainbow nation.
Reading FC defender Andy Yiadom, who featured in the game at the Cape Coast Stadium, has told the BBC he feels the call was a soft one from the referee after seeing replays from the television screens.
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Gyan, who is Ghana’s all-time top-scorer with 51 goals and Africa’s leading scorer at the FIFA World Cup, watched the game from the screens and has shared his opinion on the incident in an interview with Andy Kwaku Obeng on Asempa FM’s SportsNite show.
“The cameras in the stadium weren’t enough but those on the field of play are in a better position to make a judgment on it. But, to me, the infringement looked very casual. The player went down very easily but the referee was very very close to the incident so he can make his decision on the field but for me and where I sit, I think Amartey went down very easily. I’m just expressing my opinion but those on the field of play can make a better judgment. I think it was a 50-50 decision. The game was also played under high-intensity pressure and that could also affect the decision of the referee,” the former Sunderland and Stade Rennais forward said in the interview.
Gyan has been capped 109 times and has scored 51 goals for the West African powerhouse.
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