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South Africa to explore other options as FIFA throws out penalty petition against Ghana

The South African Football Association says it will consider other options opened to it after the world football governing body, FIFA, rejected its petition concerning the game between Ghana and South Africa.

SAFA lodged a petition challenging the decision of the match official to award a penalty in favour of Ghana after a Ghanaian player drop to the ground like a log following a touch on his shoulders by a South African defender during a corner kick.

The penalty became the decider of the match as Ghana won the game by a goal to nil.

SAFA wanted FIFIA to cancel the penalty and order a replay of the match but FIFA in a ruling said the complaint was inadmissible.

FIFA further held that the petition did not meet the requirements under articles 46 and 14 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022 respectively.

Reacting to FIFA’s ruling, the SAFA CEO said: “The South African Football Association (SAFA) will consider its options after the world football governing body (FIFA) dismissed its protest following Bafana Bafana’s controversial 1-0 loss to the Black Stars of Ghana last month."

SAFA CEO, Advocate Tebogo Monthlante added, "once SAFA gets reasons for the outcome, will sit down and weigh its options.”

The ruling of FIFA means that Ghana has been cleared for the playoff which will see five Africa countries qualify to play the 2022 Qatar world cup.

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