Urged by a vociferous crowd at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Ghana went on the offensive almost from the opening whistle and Jordan Ayew thought he had been gifted a clear path to goal when referee Ndiaye ruled against the home side.
Bafana took a very long time to settle down and sensing the hesitancy, Ghana took advantage and continued to pile on the pressure.
Ghana increased the pressure as the match progressed and asked several questions of the visitors. But the turning point came in the 31st minute when Ghana won the penalty that would prove decisive to the outcome of this encounter.
It was end-to-end action as Bafana searched for the elusive equaliser, while Ghana looked for the killer blow that would have made the game safe.
Mistakes started to creep in and Bafana needlessly gave away the ball in dangerous areas, allowing the home side to keep control of the match.
Several SA players were noticeably off their usual stride and gave the West Africans far too much time in critical areas on the pitch.
The final whistle cut like a knife and while the Ghanaians celebrated, the visitors collapsed onto the pitch in devastation. De Reuck was inconsolable after the final whistle and seemed to blame himself for the defeat.
Several of his teammates tried to comfort the devastated player as he made his way off the pitch.