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Ghana's defender Andy Yiadom (L) vies for the ball with Cameroon's forward Clinton Njie during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Group F football match between Cameroon and Ghana at the Ismailia Stadium on June 29, 2019. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Ghana’s Andy Yiadom admits penalty against South Africa was ‘soft’

Reading defender Andy Yiadom has admitted that the controversial penalty awarded to his Ghana side in their World Cup qualifying win over South Africa was ‘soft’.

The victory for the Black Stars saw them qualify for Africa’s World Cup play-offs at the expense of Bafana Bafana, who had needed a draw to progress.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has asked for the match to be replayed after lodging a complaint with FIFA, citing among other things a spike in betting activity during the game.

“When I was on the pitch it looked like it was a penalty, but I have watched it back it was a little bit soft,” the Ghana defender told World Football on the BBC World Service.

“But it is football and I have had them given against me plenty of times and it is one of those things and it was about actually scoring the penalty which we did.

“I have been the person who has just touched him and the other person has just fallen over. At the moment I know we won the game and that’s that.”

The 29-year-old added that he and his Ghana team-mates have not been discussing the issue in light of recent comments from both SAFA and the Ghana Football Association.

“We have a WhatsApp group but nothing has really been said in it and I haven’t really been following it – has been pretty hectic and I have been travelling a lot and been in training and have to crack on with the game (for Reading against Nottingham Forest) on Saturday.” he said.

Yiadom feels that the return to Ghana of Milovan Rajevacs was a good move for all concerned.

“It has been really good and I think he knows the logistics of Ghana and I think that’s helping and everyone’s taken to him and it is a good appointment,” he insisted.

Ghana are one of ten African nations to qualify for next March’s play-offs which will decide the continent’s five representatives at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have said that the date for the draw will be revealed next week following its Executive Committee meeting in Cairo on 25 November. CAF confirmed the teams will be seeded according to the FIFA rankings.

November’s FIFA rankings for teams in the play offs:

  • 20 Senegal
  • 28 Morocco
  • 29 Tunisia
  • 32 Algeria
  • 36 Nigeria
  • 45 Egypt
  • 50 Cameroon
  • 52 Ghana
  • 53 Mali
  • 64 DR Congo

Credit: BBC Sport

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