Ghana v South Africa

Ghana FA official Addo debunks Fifa ruling speculation on Bafana Bafana World Cup qualifier

7:54 PM GMT 01/12/2021
Alexander Djiku Ghana
The general secretary responds to reports of a final verdict on the case of alleged match manipulation

Ghana Football Association general secretary Prosper Harrison Addo has rejected media reports of a favourable Fifa ruling on the case of alleged match manipulation filed by the South African Football Association.

This comes after the recent meeting between the two nations in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

South Africa had lodged a complaint of possible match manipulation, chiefly inspired by a crucial match-winning penalty awarded to Ghana, and Safa called for investigations into Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye.

Media speculation over the last few days have had it that the referee has been banned by Fifa for a poor performance, but that Ghana would progress.  

“As a responsible FA, we are simply waiting to hear from Fifa,” Addo said on Akoma FM.

“Ignore all rumours saying Fifa has banned the Senegalese referee, or thrown away their protest, these are false publications from South Africa.

“Ghana has qualified for that play-off and we are waiting for the draw next year.”

The decisive penalty earned Ghana a 1-0 victory in the Group G final matchday home fixture in Cape Coast, putting the Black Stars at the top of the table by virtue of a better scoring record.

The win, more significantly, sent Ghana into the third and final round of the qualifiers, alongside nine other nations.

In January, a draw will be held to decide the pairing of teams for a two-legged play-off in March.  

“We cannot be afraid of any country in the play-offs, we are Ghana,” Addo added.

“We have qualified three times for the World Cup, won the Afcon four times, other countries must rather be afraid of us.  We are all hoping to be part of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

“The playoffs will be played in March 2022 and the likely countries Ghana could face might not be as strong as they are now.

“We should all have confidence in the team and surely Ghana will make it to the Qatar 2022 World Cup.”

Ghana are looking to make a return to the global gathering after missing out on the 2018 edition in Russia.