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Gyan Sides With Bafana In Penalty Drama

Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has sided with Bafana Bafana in believing that the penalty awarded against them and in favour of the Black Stars was a soft one.

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The 36-year-old has admitted that he felt Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey went to ground too easily in the incident that resulted in South Africa's 2022 FIFA World Cup dream ending.

Speaking in a recent interview, Gyan, who is Ghana's all-time record goalscorer, said that while he understands how the match official might have been influenced by the intensity of the game, he felt the penalty call was far from clear-cut.

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"I think the incident was a bit casual," he told Asempa FM on Tuesday.

"There weren't many cameras on the day to give us different angles, unlike what we see in other league matches elsewhere.

"From where I sat and how I saw it, the infringement was debatable. I think Daniel Amartey went down too easily.

"This is my thought based on where I sat and how I saw things. However, the referee was closer to the spot and probably had a better view of the situation.

"Remember, also, that the tempo of the game was also high and that could have influenced the referee's decision to award the spot-kick to Ghana."

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SAFA are currently in the process of appealing the incident through FIFA, with an outcome expected to arrive soon.

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