The World’s leading football body FIFA will announce today its decision regarding the protest lodged by the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) in relation to the 2022’s World Cup qualifier against Ghana.
SAFA submitted a formal complaint to FIFA last week, claiming that there was a game manipulation in the match, which they lost by one goal to Ghana in the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, which put them out of the running to play in the Qatar World Cup next year.
SAFA is calling for Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye to be banned and is also requesting an extra game to be played.
In the meantime, Ghana’s football association has taken a stand and this week, they issued a harsh attack on SAFA.
GFA has accused SAFA of defying the rules for protest following the game. GFA has urged FIFA to dispel the ridiculous assertions.
The GFA is also calling on FIFA to inflict a large fine on SAFA for creating a negative image for its World Cup brand and the image that the Black Stars into disrepute.
Portions of the letter read; “It is very clear that the request by the South African Football Association in their second letter that – “We will be forwarding all the relevant documents and a detailed complaint within the next 72 hours” – is misplaced and violates the clear FIFA provisions.
Consequently, we, therefore, call on the respected FIFA Disciplinary Committee to dismiss the purported protest with a punitive fine and a huge cost”.
Ghana FA finally described SAFA’s protest as a fishing trip that has no merit.
FIFA has received both statements from both associations and will announce the decision by the end of today, November 23.