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SAFA case at FIFA to drag on

FIFA, the world governing body, is set to take its time in determining the outcome of SAFA's complaint surrounding their World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

Last month, SAFA lodged a protest against Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye's handling of Bafana Bafana's game versus Ghana at the Cape Coast Stadium, alleging improper manipulation of the match.


An independent assessment by former referee Ace Ncobo was included in the materials provided to FIFA by SAFA, describing the problematic rulings made by the officials in that match, which was won by the hosts thanks to a penalty awarded under disputed circumstances.

With CAF now confirming that the Play-Offs phase of these qualifiers will be held on January 26 rather than this month, FIFA will have more time to work on the issue raised by South Africa.


The draw was originally scheduled for December 18, but the CAF Extraordinary Assembly chose a new date that falls a month later, during the AFCON finals in Cameroon.


With SAFA supplying a mountain of evidence to show how this match was rigged, FIFA will have to conduct its own investigation before passing judgment.


SAFA will be able to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The match will be replayed at a neutral venue, with the Senegalese official punished for his actions, as justice for SAFA.


Ten countries have qualified for the Play-Offs, but only five will go to the World Cup in Qatar next year.


Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, and Tunisia are in Pot A, while Egypt, Mali, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon will provide opposition.


Due to climate circumstances in the Middle East, the World Cup in Qatar will be held from November 21 to December 18, rather than the typical June/July dates.


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