Can somebody please tell me why do CAF and it’s officials hate South Africa? Our teams, whether national of club sides, always seem to be on the other end of bad decisions. Last night, in Amaglug-glug’s 3-0 semi-final loss to Egypt, the ref awarded the underage Pharaohs a dubious penalty. A decision a corrupt WWE referee would have been proud of. An Egyptian attacker attempted to play the ball into the South African penalty area but it struck a South African defender’s hand 348 centimeters – outside the box! Coach David Notoane wasn’t as disappointed as someone would be after his team had been cheated and also got thrashed 3-0.
“We put the plans and strategies in place and you can see how much it means for the Egyptians.” Notoane told the media.
“The coach knows and if you remember after the first game, I said that we made a dream and a dream final for me was to play Egypt.
“When we played a practice match we collected a lot of information and from then on I told coach, I believe that your team is capable of winning, or maybe my team, hence we came with, maybe the dream final is Egypt vs South Africa, so today is through to the final. I hope they give the same spirit in the final,” he said.
As much as the kind words were touching, I think he should have spoken more about how Amaglug-glug got beat by a walk-over scoreline. Granted, the penalty that was given for the handball was clearly outside of the 18-area and should have not been given. But, his team had thirty minutes to make up the deficit. They instead capitulated and let in a couple more goals.
There is still much to play for, on Friday Amaglug-glug meets Ghana in the bronze medal game. The winner goes home with cheap metal and a place in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. If yesterday’s game is anything to go by I’d be worried. Let’s hope David Notoane is focused on how his charges going to get the W against Ghana instead of another post-match interview praising the opponents.