GFA debunks reports of FIFA verdict on South Africa complaint

Prosper Harrison Addo

Ghana Football Association (GFA) General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo has denied reports that FIFA has ruled on the complaint filed by South Africa.

South Africa after their 1-0 defeat against Ghana early last month, which ended their 2022 World Cup hopes, filed a complaint with FIFA following allegations that they were robbed.

Ghana won, courtesy of a controversial penalty decision and it is the main focus of South Africa’s complaint in which they want the match replayed and referee Ndiaye Maguette banned.

Reports emerged early this week that FIFA has ignored South Africa’s request for a replay but banned the referee.

“As a responsible FA, we are simply waiting to hear from Fifa,” Addo said on Akoma FM.

“Ignore all rumours saying Fifa has banned the Senegalese referee, or thrown away their protest, these are false publications from South Africa. Ghana has qualified for that play-off and we are waiting for the draw next year.”

“We cannot be afraid of any country in the play-offs, we are Ghana,” he added.

“We have qualified three times for the World Cup, won the Afcon four times, other countries must rather be afraid of us.  We are all hoping to be part of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“The playoffs will be played in March 2022 and the likely countries Ghana could face might not be as strong as they are now.

“We should all have confidence in the team and surely Ghana will make it to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.”

Meanwhile, the draw for the play-offs round will be held in January.

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