FIFA Rejects South Africa’s Protest Against Ghana

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FIFA has rejected South Africa’s protest against Ghana. South Africa lodged a complaint against the Ghana national team and Senegalese referee Maguitta Ndiaye following the 1-0 defeat a fortnight ago in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

This is because the SA felt that they were cheated after the referee awarded a penalty to Ghana.

Dede Ayew scored the goal to help Ghana to secure three points to top Group G and book their place in the playoffs.

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Again, South Africa alleged that before their match with the Blackstars, Ghanaian officials travelled to Senegal to bribe the referee. And that was why he rewarded that soft penalty against them.

DGN reports that although Ghana responded to the allegations on November 20, the official ruling has since not been released.

However, reports in the local media indicate that Fifa has rejected all the allegations levelled against Ghana and the referee and therefore, there will not be any replay as earlier anticipated.

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Despite no evidence of match manipulation and fixing, Senegalese referee Ndiaye Maguette, however, will likely be punished with some games ban since his general performance was below average according to the match review panel.

Ghana will progress to the next stage of the competition and face either Senegal who is currently rye best-ranked county on the continent or Morocco.

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There is also a possibility of the Black Stars facing Nigeria, Tunisia or Mali since these countries complete the top five ranked countries left in the qualifiers.

The official draw for the playoffs has been moved from December to January 2022 and the games have been scheduled for March 2022

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