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Why Bafana Bafana are not counting on Ghana replay

The South African logo The South African 2021/11/30 Craig Lewis
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SAFA lodged a comprehensive appeal with FIFA, protesting the recent 1-0 defeat that Bafana Bafana suffered at the hands of the Black Stars, which scuppered their hopes of World Cup qualification.

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The overwhelming hope was that it would lead to a rematch between South Africa and Ghana after they felt Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye made a number of glaring mistakes in the qualifying game.

SAFA believes N’Diaye displayed clear bias on the night, with a dubious penalty that was awarded most specifically at the centre of a controversy related to perceived “match manipulation”.

According to TimesLive, SAFA even since submitted additional supporting documents to their original complaint to FIFA before the 20 November deadline, set by the world governing body.

“More evidence was brought forward and Safa managed to send it to Fifa before the deadline,” an insider was quoted as saying.

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It was hoped that a decision would have been reached by now, but as the delay goes on, it’s clear that hope is fading fast.

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“You have to be able to prove something like that in black and white. Was he bribed? Wasn’t he pressured? Or was he just having a really bad day? The numbers are there, but is that enough for FIFA?,” Broos commented on a podcast, having suggested 90% of the incorrect decisions made by N’Diaye went against Bafana.

“I personally think that it will remain with a suspension for the ref and that we should not count on a replay,” added Broos.

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