Controversy rocks as Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey accused of helping South Africa beat Senegal


Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey has been accused by some Senegalese fans for dubiously helping South Africa to beat them in a 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The Bafana Bafana team got their World Cup qualifying campaign up and running with a 2-1 win over Senegal in Polokwane.

The Group D match was heading towards a listless stalemate at half-time before referee Joseph Lamptey gave a penalty to the hosts for handball, even though replays showed the ball struck Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly on the

Thulani Hlatshwayo converted and a reeling Senegal were not allowed to recover as Thulani Serero added a second before the interval.

Substitute Cheikh N'Doye scrambled a goal back but South Africa move ahead of their Group B rivals on to four points from two matches, while Lamptey left the field with a substantial security presence.


  1. senegalese says:

    i am sure this referee was corrupted. this can not be a mistake.

  2. Senegalse says:

    Joseph Lamptey is a shame for the proud people of Ghana. The mafia of the soccer used him to boost South Africa, a team at bay
    Kwame Nkrumah would not be proud of this referee-mafioso who is not a good example for the African youths.
    He is accused not only by Senegalese fan, but all the world know that he is corrupted. His assistants and him whistled imaginery offsides against Senegal. I remind that Joseph Lamptey was suspended several times for the same causes. He tarnished the image of Ghana which considered in Senegal as one of the most transparent countries of the continent

  3. Michel jammeh says:

    Referees like this one should be banned from officiating even in lower leaks. Football lovers do not deserve such disappointing officiating s like this Ghanaian did in the game Senegal against South Africa. Really the FA should do some to avoid such nonprofessionals in our games.

  4. ONE PAC says:

    The macth would be genius if only the referee respects his job.unfortulatly this one has demoralised our team.South africans temselves know senegal is much stronger than theirs.And now senegal loses because of a motherfucking referee.What a shame! Ghana is a respected country in africa and now lampty comes to darken and tanished this wonderful Gold Cost