Dubious penalty seals SA's fate against hosts Egypt in controversial Afcon semi

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A controversial penalty from Ramadan Sobhi set Egypt on the way to a 3-0 win over South Africa in their 2019 Africa Under-23 Cup of Nations semifinal at the Cairo International Stadium on Tuesday.

South Africa must now face Ghana in Friday’s third-place play-off, where victory will see them qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, but they will be thinking of what might have been.

South Africa coach David Notoane made two changes from the side that secured a point against Nigeria in their final pool match on Friday. But it would take until almost the half-hour mark for them to have a first real sight of goal and they should have grabbed the lead. Johnson had to make a smart save from a free-kick early in the second period, before the game’s big moment of controversy.

Kamohelo Mahlatsi was fouled on what looked like the very edge of the Egypt penalty-box with 10 minutes remaining, the force of the impact pushing him outside of the box.


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