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Why SAFA Is Protesting Dubious Ghana Penalty Call

By Velile Mnyandu

The South African Football Association (SAFA) appears to have picked up some crucial information that has convinced them that something untoward was done around Bafana Bafana’s controversial 1-0 loss to Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Cape Coast on Sunday. 

SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe confirmed to the media that they will launching a formal protest with FIFA over the performance of the match officials who were in charge of the game, led by Senegalese CAF Elite A referee Maguette Ndiaye. 

But it wasn’t just that several decisions went the way of the home side, including the penalty call against Rushine De Reuck, who was judged to have brought down Daniel Amartey inside the box, before Andre Ayew scored the only goal of the game, that has caused SAFA to lodge a complaint.

It must also be understood that SAFA are trying to prove that there was match manipulation in this game, not just an overly-aggressive Ghana side favoured by the referee. Because only that and nothing is else, could lead to a match replay.

iDiski Times understands that SAFA has received information on the ground that it was already known that this game could have a penalty, or penalties, days before the game. 

“I think from our heart is to say the match officials have decided the game which is not what is supposed to happen. So we as the association, we have decided that we will be writing to both CAF and FIFA first to investigate how the game was handled. And secondly to also challenge some of these decisions,” said Motlanthe. 

“As we did last night (Sunday), we have already registered with the match commissioner that will be writing a formal complaint today, Wednesday, we will then have a press conference, we’ve ticked all our boxes. And submit of course, a full complaint which is supported by all the evidence which was there to say that game either it was indeed manipulated, or the referees had done something’s wrong before that game.” 

SAFA will host a press conference at 12:00 today to give more information on the process of the complaint, while FIFA have confirmed to The Athletic that they have received SAFA’s formal complaint.

Leading match officiating expert and TV analyst Ace Ncobo has also been roped in by SAFA to come up with the report that will be submitted to FIFA and he’s expected to be part of the press conference on Wednesday.

You can read more exclusive news stories as well as interviews with the likes of Keagan Dolly, Khama Billiat and Josta Dladla in this week’s iDiski Times news paper.



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