“Ghana Will Defeat Bafana Bafana By More Goals If FIFA Orders Replay”: Junior Khanye
Outspoken former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Junior Khanye has delivered a damning assessment of South Africa’s chances of qualifying for the next round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. According to Khanye, Ghana will comprehensively beat Bafana Bafana by more goals if world governing body FIFA orders a replay.
This comes after South Africa appealed to FIFA to review their last World Cup qualifier, which the Black Stars won 1-0 at the Cape Coast Stadium. The 1-0 victory saw the Black Stars advance to Africa’s play-offs for the World Cup tournament at the expense of the South Africans on goals scored.
South Africa alleges that the referee made several questionable decisions and lodged a complaint with FIFA alleging that there was “match-fixing, match manipulation including corruption and bribery.”
However, Khanye has gone against popular sentiment in South Africa, arguing that Bafana Bafana will lose to the Black Stars of Ghana if FIFA orders a replay. He made it clear that he has not been impressed with the decisions and approach taken by Bafana Bafana boss Hugo Broos.
Writing in his column for the iDiski Times, the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder said,
“If the match was ordered by FIFA to be replayed, I think Ghana would win it again, by more goals this time around.
“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.”
Kanye went on to question Hugo Broos’ selection choices, saying
“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.”
Khanye, however, said that it is unlikely that FIFA will rule in favour of South Africa and order a replay. He insisted that even though Senegalese referee Maquette N’diaye had a bad day at the office, his performance was not as bad as it is being made out.
“A lot was said about the Senegalese referee Maquette N’diaye; some South Africans were questioning the use of a West African referee in a fixture that involves a West African team.”
“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.”
Junior Khanye’s point of view is unlikely to win him many admirers in South Africa.
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