Following the score line from the Ghana – South African clash on Sunday, many South Africans have expressed their displeasure bitterly on most social media platforms indicating the match was fixed.
A Ghanaian barber living in South Africa has reportedly been stabbed to death following an argument over the legitimacy of Ghana’s penalty against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
The deceased, identified as one Yaw Owusu, is said to have engaged some locals in an argument after Ghana’s win over South Africa on Sunday.
In the game of football, many fanatics engage each other prior to the match and post match to discuss the outcome of the match.
What was expected to be a normal engagement ended with the South African based Ghanaian barber being stabbed to death.
The Black Stars booked their place in the World Cup play-offs, having beaten Hugo Broos’ side 1-0 thanks to an infringement on Ghanaian defender Amartey in the penalty box. Ghanaian captain Andre Ayew slotted it beautifully into the net to secure the win.
However, the decision to award the penalty sparked controversy, with some South Africans accusing the referee of cheating them.
Reports suggest Yaw Owusu, who works at a saloon in Durban, was stabbed when the argument over the legitimacy of the penalty became overly heated.
This was disclosed by former King Faisal radio representative Obeng Boadu, who currently resides in South Africa.
Yaw Owusu, a 39-year-old man who works at a saloon had a few arguments with his apprentice before the game on Sunday, the argument resurfaced on Monday morning after the controversies on the penalty and he stabbed him to death,” he narrated to Kumasi-based Fox FM.
“We are now trying to find his family members in Ghana. The tension on Ghanaians here are very high. The South Africans have threatened to deal with Ghanaians here after their petition to FIFA.
“We are pleading with authorities to come to our aid here since things may be scarier soon. I don’t think Ghanaians are too safe as I speak to you.”
On Monday, the South African FA announced that it had filed a complaint at FIFA and CAF for the match to be reviewed.
Meanwhile, 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 said he was pulled by Bafana Bafana’s Rushine De Reuck while attempting to connect to the ball.
Following the progress of the petition, South African coach has been recorded giving up hope of winning the match after he observed some few calls that should have gone in the favor of his team but were not called by the referee. According to him, he knew that was it, they would not win the match.
As football fans both in Ghana and South Africa wait for the investigations and findings from CAF, many Ghanaians based in South Africa should be given protection to prevent another incident of death.