Ghana’s all-time leading top scorer Asamoah Gyan has added his voice to the controversy of the penalty incident involving the Black Stars and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash two weeks ago in Cape Coast.
Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye awarded a 33rd-minute penalty to the Black Stars in the crucial game between the two countries.
The penalty has since created a lot of debate on the continent with South Africa lodging a formal protest to FIFA.
Reading FC defender Andy Yiadom, who featured in the game at the Cape Coast Stadium, recently told the BBC that he feels the call was a ‘little bit soft’ one from the referee after seeing replays from the television screens.
Gyan 36, who watched the match from the screens and has finally waded into the penalty controversy on Asempa FM’s SportsNite show.
“I think the incident was a bit casual. From where I sit and how I saw it I think Daniel Amartey went down too easily but the referee was closer to the spot and probably had a better view of the situation,” the former Sunderland striker said.
Remember was the tempo of the game also could have influenced the referee’s decision to award the spot-kick.” Gyan added.
Gyan, however, concluded that: “I think Ghana was way too strong for RSA, even if the rematch is called, the black stars will still outsmart them.
Asamoah Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals.