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Has SAFA failed to win the protest?: South Africa may have lost the protest as they have no feedback

South Africa has been waiting for the feedback from FIFA officials as they were hoping to get a rematch with Ghana but their case seems to be avoided.

The Fifa disciplinary committee convened in Zurich, Switzerland, some days ago to settle on Bafana Bafana's World Cup qualifying fate for 2022, and SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan is furious that the world football governing body keeps ignoring the country.

The Fifa committee met on Tuesday to analyze Safa's protest against Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye's controversial managing of Bafana's World Cup qualifier against Ghana in Cape Coast on November 14, and an angry Jordaan told TimesLIVE on Sunday that they are not pleased that no response from Zurich has been received several days after a deadline set by Fifa.

"On November 23, Fifa published a statement stating that they would make a decision. What day is it today? "Isn't it November 28?" Jordaan inquired on Sunday.

"Why have they [FIFA] not even engaged with us?" says the narrator. Why?”

Jordaan believes Fifa officials expected their conference on Tuesday would be simple, and that Safa's criticism was mainly focused on the dubious penalty decision controversially delivered by Ndiaye against Bafana in the 31st minute of the game. Following concluding that Bafana Bafana's Rushine de Reuck grabbed Ghanaian Daniel Amartey inside the box when there was hardly touch between the two players, Ndiaye oddly gave the penalty.

In contentious situations like these, referees are frequently given the benefit of the doubt, and Fifa normally ends the discussion by saying that the match official's judgment is final, and life goes on.

However, it appears that the football governing body was taken aback when Safa produced a long quantity of papers to back up their assertion that match manipulation was engaged. The records contained a video analysis of the match referees' performance, which highlighted clear violations of the game's laws on a case-by-case basis until the final whistle.

The rally also brought attention to Ndiaye's alleged flagrant anti-Bafana bias. Safa contacted former Fifa referee Ace Ncobo to write an independent assessment on the Senegalese game official's conduct during the game, and he was not happy with what he witnessed following hours of analyzing the visuals. His research, which was delivered to Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (Caf), showed that Bafana Bafana was the beneficiary of 90.9 percent of the wrong decisions, an extraordinarily high percentage.

More damaging information was presented a few days ago, driving the members of the disciplinary committee into such a tailspin that they have gone silent, which is uncommon of them.

Jordaan expressed his dissatisfaction with Fifa's decision to remain silent and not disclose the status of the disputed topic with the rest of the globe.

"They must convey to people all across the world that the situation is far more complicated than they first anticipated, and that they require more time to make their decision." It is not the way to go here to be silent for so many days without any sort of communication.

"The idea that they [haven't made a choice] suggests that there are other difficulties at hand." We requested that Fifa conduct a thorough investigation into Ndiaye's actions. Other people [who aren't South Africans] have chimed in with further details."

It's worth noting, according to Jordaan, that the Ghana Football Association has gone silent after dismissing Safa's protest to Fifa and choosing to target the South Africans rather than the merits of the case.

"They must defend the integrity of their competitions," the Safa president stated, citing Fifa's statutes.

"As a result, I believe the situation has escalated. Ghana originally dismissed our protest as petty. It's unusual that a federation would target another in this manner. It's odd that they convened a press conference and targeted Safa at the same time.

"However, we never charged them of anything." We wanted Maguette Ndiaye, the referee, to be examined."

If the West Africans are found to have had information of the Senegalese official's operations, Safa wants the referee to be fined or suspended and the match to be replayed at a neutral venue, not in Ghana, or Bafana to be awarded the three points.

Fifa has a lot of resources at their disposal, according to Jordaan, and they can either disprove their objection with supporting evidence or inform the world there's cause to believe Ndiaye is involved in a match-fixing incident.

Safa and its Ghanaian counterpart gathered at the Caf general assembly in Cairo, Egypt, over the weekend, although they chose not to engage as they have in the past due to underlying tensions between the two organizations.

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