PRETORIA:  South Africa are to make a formal protest about the refereeing in the wake of Sunday’s 1-0 defeat by Ghana.

Bafana Bafana needed a draw to reach the third and final round of African qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, but Ghana won with a controversial penalty.

SAFA chief executive Tebogo Mothlante said: “The match officials have decided the game, which is not what is supposed to happen.

“We will be writing to both the Confederation of African football and world governing body FIFA firstly to investigate how the game was handled and secondly to challenge some of these decisions.

“We have already registered with the match commissioner that we will be making a formal complaint.”

The Black Stars’ narrow win enabled them to reach the African World Cup play-offs by the narrowest of margins, ousting South Africa at the top of the group on goals scored.