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FIFA has broken the hopes of South Africans and their dream of making it to the Qatar 2022 World Cup


Many football fans in South Africa have been asking about the FIFA verdict with regards to the SAFA appeal. As they wanted a rematch against Ghana following a dubious penalty against Bafana Bafana that led to a 1-0 loss in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that will be hosted in Qatar. Bafana suspected foul play in their Group G final encounter against the Black Stars, hence, SAFA had to lodge a complaint to FIFA in hope that they will get a chance to replay the match.

Now, the wait is over as it has been reported that FIFA has announced their ruling with regards to the controversial match that had Africans left with different opinions. Bafana felt that their defeat was bais and they needed FIFA to intervene and sort out the issues. As they felt that the Senegalese official Maguette Ndiaye was involved in an alleged match-fixing. As numerous questionable refereeing decisions were taken by Ndiaye, not just the penalty only. FIFA firstly acknowledged that they received the complaint and they will look further into it. As they felt that the complaint raised by SAFA needed to be investigated before they made a ruling. 

Unfortunately, FIFA has reportedly dismissed the SAFA complaint as they felt that the correct procedure wasn’t followed during the whole process. This means that Ghana will move on to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers and Bafana’s road has ended. “The protest lodged by South Africa has been declared inadmissible by the Disciplinary Committee as it did not meet the requirements foreseen under art. 46 of the FIFA Disciplinary of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World 2022. The decision is subject to appeal,” read the statement as per the post on Idiski Times.

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Date: 03/12/2021

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