FIFA Decision Due To Ghana v South Africa Still Looms

 FIFA Decision Due To Ghana v South Africa Still Looms

FIFA Decision Due To Ghana v South Africa Still Looms

The Disciplinary Committee of the world’s football governing body, FIFA continues to investigate the protest filed by the South Africa Football Association (SAF) against Ghana as they seek for a replay between the Black Stars and the Bafana Bafana.

South Africa say they were handed a raw deal in the 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana which they lost 1-0 with Andre Ayew’s decisive goal coming via a controversial penalty.

SAFA alleged that match officials led by middle referee Ndiaye Maguette manipulated the match in favour of the Black Stars who due to the victory have progressed to the final round of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

SAFA is seeking a replay and also pressing for Maguette to be handed a lifetime ban from officiating which will include next year’s World Cup.

A verdict was expected nearly two weeks ago on 23 November but FIFA remains silent and are yet to rule on the matter.

Earlier report in the media suggested FIFA has rejected South Africa protest against Ghana but information gathered indicates the DC commenced investigations last Tuesday.

It has also been reported in the South African media that Referee N’diaye Maguette has been sanctioned by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA and would not be allowed to officiate a single African World Cup play-off match.

But there has been no official communication from the two football bodies concerning the issue.

Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Committee of FIFA did not give a deadline as to when the final verdict would be delivered, as both SAFA and GFA await their fate.

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