South Africa vows to fight decision after FIFA says no to replay of match against Ghana

By Andrew Warshaw

December 6 – South African officials insist they will not give up the fight after FIFA rejects their request for a crucial World Cup qualifying match against Ghana to be replayed over accusations by officials forced match-fixing.

South Africa filed a formal complaint over allegations of “match-fixing, match manipulation including corruption and bribery” following last month’s match, which included a highly questionable but destructive penalty. decided to knock them out of the competition with a 0-1 defeat. They only need a draw to reach the third round of qualifying.

Ghana responded by accusing South Africans of “shocking, irresponsible and utterly disrespectful” and added that the allegation was “frivolous, baseless, lacking in merit and should be treated with equals.” all the scorn they deserve.”

FIFA has now ruled against South Africa by declaring their replay request “unacceptable”.

Importantly, however, FIFA added that the ruling could also be appealed, which is something the South Africans have indicated they can do.

South African Football Association (SAFA) chief executive Tebogo Mothlante charged: “The match officials decided the match, it was not what was supposed to happen.

“We have received a decision without details and we will ask FIFA to explain the reasons and consider our options.”

Motlanthe has stated that SAFA is ready to turn to the Court of Arbitration for Sport if they feel dissatisfied with the outcome of their appeal. “If they don’t give you a good reason, you can still go ahead and challenge the matter with CAS,” he said.

Meanwhile, Benin’s call for DR Congo’s replacement in another qualifier taking place on the same day has also been dropped by FIFA.

A 2-0 win for Congo put them past Benin, who needed a win to move forward.

This means that, as it stands, Ghana and the Democratic Republic of the Congo will draw in January for the Africa World Cup playoffs, with a two-way tie to decide the five continents representatives in Qatar will play in. March.

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