Why delay to FIFA decision doesn't help SAFA case

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SAFA lodged an official complaint after Bafana Bafana's controversial Group G defeat to Ghana by 1-0 against Senegalese referee N'Diaye Maguette for alleged match manipulation.

=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Ma
=7. Siphiwe Tshabalala, Steven Pienaar, Mbulelo Mabizela, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Tokelo Rantie & Teboho Mokoena – 2 goals each
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
2. Philemon Masinga – 6 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Benni McCarthy – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
=5. Delron Buckley – 3 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
4. Sibusiso Zuma – 4 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
1. Shaun Bartlett – 7 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals
3. Bernard Parker – 5 goals

With the 2022 World Cup qualifying Third Round scheduled for March 2022 ahead of the tournament at the end of next year, concerns are intensifying that finding an ideal time slot for a potential replay might prove difficult.

Before the 2022 World Cup, there are two remaining international windows for a potential replay to take place.

January 24, 2022 - February 2, 2022

March 21, 2022 - March 29, 2022

What makes matters difficult for SAFA and Bafana Bafana is that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations takes from 9 January 2022 to 2 February 2022. This could pose a clash of fixtures with Ghana set to compete in the African showpiece.

With the next March international window schedule for the World Cup third round playoffs which would be near impossible to host a potential replay.

FIFA are in the process of reviewing a comprehensive SAFA complaint that included a statistical breakdown of Maguette's decisions.

A new development following reports that a Ghana official had travelled to Senegal before the match as accusations of bribery surfaced is believed to be prolonging the FIFA review.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan sought to play down these fears as the soccer body awaited a decision.

"The World Cup is in next year December, so it's a whole twelve months before when I'm sure this matter will be resolved.

"We can't speculate until FIFA make a decision and we are giving them time to complete their tasks."

Jordaan also welcomed CAF president Patrice Mostepe's pledge to improve the standard of refereeing on the African continent.

"I think it's important as well as the introduction of the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) so these things will help African football.

"It will also help the standard and integrity of competitions across the continent."