SAFA case to drag on at FIFA

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World governing body FIFA appears certain to take their time in announcing the verdict on the matter of the complaint lodged by SAFA regarding their World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

Last month, SAFA filed a protest over the way Bafana Bafana’s game against Ghana was handled by Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye at the Cape Coast Stadium citing unlawfully manipulation of the tie.

As part of the documents submitted to FIFA by SAFA, there was an independent report by retired referee Ace Ncobo outlining the dubious calls made by the officials in that match won by the hosts courtesy of a penalty awarded in controversial circumstances.

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With CAF having now confirmed that the draw of the Play-Offs round of these qualifiers will now be on January 26 instead of this month it gives FIFA further time to work on the matter presented by South Africa.

The draw was initially set for December 18, but the CAF Extraordinary Assembly decided on a new date falling a month away which will be during the AFCON finals in Cameroon.

With SAFA providing a pile of evidence in a bid to prove just how this match was manipulated FIFA will have to do their own investigations to get to the bottom of this matter before making a judgement.

SAFA will still have the option of taking this case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Justice for SAFA will be that the match is replayed at a neutral venue with the Senegalese official punished for his actions.

Ten countries are through to the Play-Offs but only five will go through to the World Cup next year in Qatar.

The top-ranked countries Algeria, Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia are in Pot A and opposition will be provided by any of Egypt, Mali, Ghana, DR Congo and Cameroon.

Next year’s World Cup in Qatar will be played from November 21 to December 18 away from the traditional June/July dates due to the climatic conditions in the Middle East country.