FIFA Issues Official Update On SAFA’s Appeal!

FIFA has confirmed receiving a formal complaint from the South African Football Association (SAFA) for the match involving Bafana Bafana and Ghana.

Bafana Bafana were away to the Black Stars of Ghana in the teams’ final Group G match on Sunday, and Hugo Broos’ men suffered heartbreak as they lost 1-0 on the night.

However, the manner in which Bafana Bafana lost hogged the headlines, and that’s because Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded a dubious penalty to Ghana.

The said penalty was converted by Andre Ayew, and it proved to be the difference as Ghana went on to clinch the top spot and advance to the play-off round.

SAFA, through CEO Tebogo Motlanthe, immediately said it would lodge an official complaint with FIFA to have the match replayed.

Now, the complaint is before FIFA, and the world’s football mother body has confirmed that it is looking into the matter.

“FIFA has received a complaint from the South African FA in relation to this matter and will review it. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage,” said FIFA to The Athletic.

In its argument, SAFA is expected to reference the 2017 case where Bafana Bafana’s match against Senegal had to be replayed due to poor officiating on the day.

Bafana Bafana lost the replay, and failed to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup which took place in Russia.

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