World Cup qualifiers | FIFA expected to decide Bafana's fate

In just under 24 hours, FIFA is expected to deliver a verdict on the World Cup qualifier between Ghana and South Africa. eNCA reporter Tshepo Thobane has more. Courtesy #DStv403 #eNCA. Visuals courtesy of FIFA TV

JOHANNESBURG - FIFA is expected to make a ruling on Tuesday regarding whether the World Cup qualifier between Ghana and South Africa will be replayed or not.

SAFA lodged a protest to the global federation last week, alleging that there was match manipulation in the encounter where they lost by a goal to nil against Ghana.

At the same time, Ghana’s football association have weighed into the matter and last week launched a scathing attack at SAFA.

READ: SAFA's protest to be submitted to FIFA Disciplinary Committee

They recently issued a statement stating that SAFA’s allegations are shocking, irresponsible and outright disrespectful towards them.

In 2017, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was faced with the same problem about match officiating.

The world cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Senegal ended with South Africa beating the visitors by two goals to 1.

READ: Fifa to review Bafana vs Ghana match

However, Senegal officials protested immediately after the match, saying the penalty awarded to the hosts should not have been given.

After a review, FIFA ruled in favour of Senegal and the match was replayed with South Africa losing both legs of the tie.

The biq question is whether FIFA will follow precedent or will this be the end of the road for Bafana Bafana.


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