"If this is proven to be true, it would result in not only a ban for the referee, but also a ban for Ghana (with SA progressing to the next level)."
Ncobo explains the reason for the FIFA result delay.
Ace Ncobo, a former FIFA referee who conducted an independent investigation into the South African Football Association's (Safa) plea for a prospective Ghana-Bafana rematch, has attempted to explain why the conclusion has taken so long to be determined.
In a news conference held by the Safa on November 17, three days after the contentious 1-0 win for the Black Stars at Cape Coast Stadium, Ncobo discussed the potential benefits of a possible replay with members of the media.
Safa filed an appeal against referee Maguette Ndiaye on the basis of claims of match manipulation and corruption. The club was attempting to have the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier replayed when the appeal was filed.
Ncobo has emphasized that Fifa answered to the appeal in a timely manner, noting that the inquiry would begin on November 23, which was widely misinterpreted as the date for the outcome.
It was stated in the FIFA communique that on September 23rd, the subject will be forwarded to the DC for further investigation, which was in direct opposition to what many believed would be announced. Ncobo informs iDiski Times that no date has been established for the outcome.
"I believe that Fifa is adopting a cautious approach in this case since it has the potential to set a precedent," says the author (never before in the history of football has this approach of a comprehensive report been taken)
"Finally, if the suspicion of misconduct on the side of the GFA is confirmed, it would result in not only a punishment for the referee (replay), but also a ban for Ghana (with South Africa progressing to the next stage)."
He went on to say that the Benin Football Federation (FBF) is unsure whether they have grounds for a replay in their appeal against the Democratic Republic of Congo for their administration error of substitutions – as they, too, are awaiting an official response from the world football governing body.
In addition, "I am aware that they submitted a submission as well, but I am not aware of the merits of their contribution."
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