It is the believe of the South African Football Association that yesterday’s world cup qualifier between South Africa and Ghana was fixed. The match which Ghana won by 1-0 has led to a lot of controversy after Ghana was awarded by what the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Football Association, Tebogo Motlanthe deems questionable.
The South Africans were left livid by the officiating of Senegalese referee, Ndiaye Maguette, after he awarded Ghana a penalty which Black stars captain Andre Dede Ayew converted and was what gave Ghana the victory. According to Motlanthe, he and the South African Football Association are gathering evidence to make their case before the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and world governing football body FIFA.
“We approached the match commissioner and informed him of our intention to lodge a formal complaint to CAF and Fifa about the questionable officiating during the match,” said SAFA CEO Tebogo Motlanthe after the match.
“It was not only the incident of the penalty, it was not in isolation and we will commission an expert in the form of a retired referee to analyse the performance of the referee. We will use our World Cup qualifying match against Senegal in 2017 that was replayed to put our argument forward,” Motlanthe added.
“We believe Saturday’s match was fixed and we are collecting information to prove our case. We are well informed that Ghana knew that they were going to get a penalty, it was a question of when, and this confirms our suspicions. We want to thank and compliment these young Bafana players for the commitment they have shown to the country. They fought very hard and unfortunately it was spoiled by the referee. But we will continue to support the boys emotionally because they are gutted.”
In a post on the South African Football Association’s official website, it has been confirmed that an official complaint has already been put before CAF and FIFA.
“The South African Football Association (SAFA) has officially lodged a formal complaint asking FIFA and CAF to investigate the performance of the match officials during Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 loss to Ghana on Sunday,” wrote SAFA on Facebook.