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14 Days Since FIFA's Statement On Ghana - South Africa Penalty Brouhaha

As days go by, Ghana and South Africa look forward to hearing from world football governing body. Interestingly, it has been fourteen days, that is, two weeks the last time Federation of International Football Association commented on the controversial saga between South African Football Association as well as the Ghana Football Association.

Aftermath of a World Cup qualifier between Black Stars of Ghana and Bafana Bafana of South Africa on November 14, 2021, in Cape Coast, South African Football Association came out with various forms of wild allegations about the game. 

South African football officials accused center referee Maguette Ndiaye from Senegal to have made many calls for Ghana. Those calls according to them propelled Ghana to victory. South Africans also expressed dissatisfaction over the penalty awarded to Black Stars of Ghana. Black Stars defender Daniel Amartey was awarded a penalty after Rushine De Reuck pulled his jersey in the box, and Dede Ayew expertly converted. That goal separated the two sides. 

Following an official protest to FIFA by South African Football Association, the former on November 17 directed Ghana Football Association to provide comments and documents about the protest by November 20. “In view of the foregoing, the Ghana Football Association has the opportunity to provide the secretariat of FIFA Disciplinary Committee with any comments it deems appropriate on the aforementioned protest, if any, by 20 November 2021 at the latest, along with any document deemed necessary.”

FIFA further noted that the matter will be referred to a member of the Disciplinary Committee on November 23 for consideration and judgement. 

Ghana Football Association met the deadline as they responded to the protest, arguing that the case thrown out with hefty amount slapped on the South Africans. 

The two countries had their football officials engaging in a war of words in the heat of the moment. 

In the last few days, South Africa has made another allegations of a Ghanaian football official meeting Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye before the epic showdown in Ghana. 

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos believes a replay looks unlikely as the errors on the part of the referee cannot overturn the outcome. 

Ghana Football Association and South African Football Association are counting of FIFA to make an official pronouncement on the matter in the soonest possible of time. 

Early this week, reports emerged in Ghana about FIFA dismissing the protest and imposing fines on South African Football Association. 

This week could be the last waiting point for the two nations. 

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