January 26, 2022

2022 WCQ: FIFA dismisses South Africa’s protest over Ghana defeat

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The world football governing body, FIFA has dismissed a protest lodged by South African Football Association (SAFA) against Black Stars of Ghana following their defeat to Ghana in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier in November this year.

“The protest lodged by South Africa has been declared inadmissible by the Disciplinary Committee as it did not meet the requirements foreseen under Article 46 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Article 14 of the Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” FIFA said in a statement.

The decision is subject to appeal.

South Africa lodged a complaint with FIFA, alleging they were robbed following their defeat to Ghana in the final group game of the CAF World Cup qualifiers in November

Ghana insists they won fairly as Andre Ayew scored a first half penalty to secure Black Stars a 1-0 victory at the Cape Coast Stadium and send West Africans through to the final qualifying round.

SAFA Chief Executive Tebogo Mothlante, said South Africa were “robbed” by “questionable decisions” made by the Senegalese officiating team, which was headed by referee Maguette Ndiaye.

SAFA had further claimed the game was decided by outside actors who needed a win for the Black Stars to further their own shady agendas.

In response to FIFA’s dismissal of the ruling Mothlante was unrepentant saying

“We have received the decision without details and we will request FIFA for the reasons and consider our options.”

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