Ghana defender Daniel Armartey insists the penalty that led to the Black Stars’ win over South Africa was the correct decision.
The Leicester City centre-back was involved in a tussle with Bafana Bafana’s Rushine De Reuck when a corner-kick was swung in.
Having gone to the ground following some contact, Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded a controversial penalty to Ghana.
Andre Ayew stepped up and scored from 12 yards to give the Black Stars the lead, which eventually saw them finish as Group G winners.
Many South African’s have since protested against the penalty decision, with the country’s FA announcing on Monday that it had filed a complaint at FIFA and CAF for the match to be reviewed.
Commenting on the incident, Amartey, who was on the receiving end of the crucial foul, said he was pulled by De Reuck.
South Africa will make a formal complaint and seek a replay after “questionable decisions” in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Ghana, including this penalty… pic.twitter.com/UHrI8qbv9c
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 16, 2021
According to sports journalist Saddick Adams, Amartey told him the South African defender only left him when he was falling to the ground.
"After the game, I asked [Daniel] Amartey about the penalty. He told me he was pulled. He said the South African defender held his hand at the back and pulled him but left it when he was falling off. The camera didn't capture that"- Former Ghana player Awudu Issaka on Angel TV pic.twitter.com/vls6FtmxN8
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) November 15, 2021