Ghana launches scathing attack on South Africa as FIFA prepares to review controversial World Cup qualifying penalty

In an extraordinary statement On Thursday, the GFA said the South African Football Association (SAFA) had created a “mountain of lies” after filing an official complaint with world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, alleging match-fixing and manipulation.

The controversy arose after a penalty decision helped Ghana win the crucial match 1-0.

The penalty was awarded when Daniel Amartey fell under minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck, with referee Maguette Ndiaye quickly aiming for the point.

Jordan Ayew stepped forward to score the penalty that sent the Black Stars into the final qualifying stage and ended South Africa’s dreams of playing in Qatar 2022.

“We wish to state categorically that the allegations are frivolous, baseless and (lacking) merit and should be treated with all the contempt they (deserve),” said GFA in its statement.
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“These allegations by the South African Football Association are nothing more than a planned plan and calculated attempt to change the focus of defeat, divert attention from their failure to qualify for the playoffs and unfairly dent the hard-won victory of the Black Stars “.

Referring to the South African national team, he added: “As a good sports association, we know that Bafana Bafana gave everything it lost to a better team (and you must be frank to say this to the South African public).

“We wish Bafana Bafana and our SAFA colleagues better luck next time.”

On Wednesday, FIFA confirmed who received the official protest from the SAFA and said it would be considered by the Disciplinary Committee on November 23.

South Africa called on the governing body to investigate “the unlawful and illegal conduct of the match referee and other officials, in relation to match fixing, match manipulation, including corruption and bribery” after what it says were a series of decisions questionable during the match.

A SAFA spokesperson told CNN that he had been surprised by Ghana’s explosive statement, which he said was “unfortunate and in bad taste.”

They said that SAFA had just exercised its right to lodge an official complaint with FIFA.

Meanwhile, when asked about the nature of his statement, the GFA told CNN that it did not wish to comment further, but confirmed that it would send an official response to FIFA.

The referee team has yet to comment publicly on the controversy.

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