A Ghanaian barber living in South Africa has reportedly been stabbed to death following an argument over the legitimacy of Ghana’s penalty against Bafana Bafana.
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.
The Black Stars booked their place in the World Cup play-offs, having beaten Hugo Broos’ side 1-0 thanks to a penalty from Andre Ayew.
South Africa will make a formal complaint and seek a replay after “questionable decisions” in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Ghana, including this penalty… pic.twitter.com/UHrI8qbv9c
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 16, 2021
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 salioon in Durban, was stabbed when the argument over the legitimacy of the penalty became heated.
This was disclosed by former King Faisal radio representative Obeng Boadu, who currently resides in South Africa.
"After the game, I asked [Daniel] Amartey about the penalty. He told me he was pulled. He said the South African defender held his hand at the back and pulled him but left it when he was falling off. The camera didn't capture that"- Former Ghana player Awudu Issaka on Angel TV pic.twitter.com/vls6FtmxN8
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) November 15, 2021
“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.
@BafanaBafana Press Conference underway at SAFA House.
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) November 17, 2021
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.