South Africa will write to the CAF, FIFA is looking for a replay of the Ghana World Cup qualifying match


South Africa will file a formal complaint with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Governing Body of World Football FIFA for arbitration in his 1-0 away defeat to Ghana Sunday in the qualifiers for the World Cup in Africa.

The result meant Ghana leapt ahead of their opponents to take first place in Group G and advance to the final qualifying round in March, where they hope to be one of five continent teams to book their seat in Qatar 2022.

But the South African Football Association (SAFA) hopes to push for a repeat game, claiming that their team was “robbed” by Senegal referee Maguette Ndiaye and his assistants who inflicted a dubious penalty on the home team and made several dubious calls.

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With South Africa needing a draw to win the group, Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey theatrically fell into his own penalty area with seemingly minimal contact, prompting Ndiaye, who was well positioned, to immediately aim for the spot.

Belgian South Africa manager Hugo Broos said Ndiaye had allowed the Ghanaians to be overly aggressive in their game, penalizing his team for minimal contact.

“We will be writing to both CAF and FIFA, first to investigate how the game was handled and secondly to challenge some of these decisions,” SAFA CEO Tebogo Mothlante said in a statement.

“We have already registered with the race commissioner that we will file a formal complaint”.

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“We feel very ripped off because this is not an isolated incident of a penalty. There are many questionable decisions by match officials and we will ask an expert to analyze other incidents so that we can support a strong case.”

South Africa had to replay a 2-1 World Cup qualifier match against Senegal in 2016 after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty by FIFA of illegally influencing the outcome of a match.

He was banned for life as Senegal won the replay 2-0 and qualified for Russia 2018.

“We are looking at the precedent in which FIFA ordered us to replay Senegal and we think that if justice is to be done, the same decision should be made against this Ghana match,” said Mothlante.


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