South Africa Football Association has revealed one of its biggest weapons in the association’s fight get the result of their World Cup qualifier against Ghana reviewed.

Retired FIFA referee, Ace Ngcobo gave insight into a report he compiled which he says shows Senegalese referee Ndiaye Maguette was overly biased against South Africa. Ngcobo’s report is the cornerstone to SAFA’s appeal sent to the world governing body.

The report gives a detailed analysis of the referee’s decisions throughout the entire 90 minutes.

“This is not just about the penalty incident, but it is intended to show that there was bias against one team by the match official,” Ngcobo told a briefing of the media in Johannesburg.

According to the report, Ndiaye made 33 incorrect decisions in the first half. Of the 33, 30 went against Bafana Bafana, equating to 90.9% bias against the South Africans.

“This is blatant bias,” noted Ngcobo.

SAFA president, Danny Jordaan told the gathering they also suspect betting manipulation in the game saw Ghana advance to the play-offs stage of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Black Stars went into the match needing a win, while a draw would have sufficed for Bafana Bafana.

South Africa are not the only nation to have suffered from indifferent officiating. Benin fell to the Democratic Republic of Congo in a match that had a penalty decision which surprised the player who was supposed to have been fouled. There was pushing and shoving in the game involving Angola and Egypt over questionable decisions.

The likelihood of getting a replay on the basis of refereeing ineptness alone are slim, given that referees have largely been poor for many years and very few games have been replayed. The last time South Africa had to replay a FIFA sanctioned game, the referee in that match was believed to have worked with betting syndicates to give a penalty at a certain time. So SAFA may need to prove that Ndiaye manipulated the outcome of the match for outside gain.

A reply from FIFA is expected sooner rather than later given the congested international football calendar.