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South Africa want pre-AFCON friendly against Ghana

Published on: 08 December 2021
South Africa want pre-AFCON friendly against Ghana
Jordan Ayew in action against South Africa.

Ghana and South Africa could clash again soon despite the perceived bad blood between the two countries football associations after the 2022 World Cup qualifier in November.

South Africa have written to Ghana requesting a friendly match before the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations next year, sources have told Ghanasoccernet.com.

Bafana Bafana didn’t qualify for the continental showpiece and are won’t be present in Qatar due to the controversial Black Stars defeat, but have requested the match to prepare their relatively young squad for future assignments.

Head coach Hugo Broos appreciates the competitiveness of the Black Stars and wants his side to once again test themselves against the four-time African champions.

The friendly match would also benefit Ghana who need fantastic preparation that could result in them winning the AFCON for the first time since 1982.

Black Stars are drawn in the same group as Morocco, Gabon and debutants Comoros.

This news is quite surprising because in recent weeks both South Africa FA and Ghana Football Association (GFA) have been at loggerheads after the Black Stars controversially eliminated Bafana Bafana from World Cup.

Andre Ayew scored the only goal from a contentious penalty for a 1-0 victory in Cape Coast for Ghana to top the group and advance to the final qualifying stage.

South Africans made several wild allegations after the game including match-fixing and lodged a formal complaint with FIFA for the game to be replayed.

While FIFA was investigating the matter, SAFA President Danny Jordaan on several occasions disrespected Ghana football and he got a reply from GFA boss Kurt Okraku.

FIFA dismissed the protest last Friday.

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