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SAFA waiting on FIFA for Ghana case reasons before planning next move

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SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
SAFA CEO Advocate Tebogo Motlanthe. Picture: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images
  • The South African Football Association's chief executive officer Tebogo Motlanthe said they're waiting on FIFA to furnish them with the reasons for their appeal being thrown out before taking up their next move.
  • FIFA ruled that SAFA's complaint with regards to referee Maguette Ndiaye's performance in the 1-0 loss against Ghana in Cape Coast last month was inadmissible.
  • SAFA has the option of taking the matter up with the Court of Arbitration for Sport if they're not satisfied with FIFA's reasons.


South African Football Association's (SAFA) chief executive officer Tebogo Motlanthe said they're waiting on FIFA to give them reasons for throwing out their Ghana case.

It's been nearly a week since the global football governing body adjudicated on SAFA's matter, saying that it was inadmissible, but only provided one line in the statement and didn't fully flesh out the reasons why. 

The decision disheartened SAFA, but Motlanthe said they'll have to wait patiently for FIFA's response before they can make their next move.

SAFA lodged a case with FIFA after losing their final Group G World Cup qualifier against Ghana 1-0 in Cape Coast last month where they alleged that Senegalese match official Maguette Ndiaye unduly influenced the outcome of the game.

"We can't, at this stage, say what we're appealing for because we can't take a stance without a reason," Motlanthe said.

"What FIFA gave us was a one-liner with regards to the case being dismissed on grounds of inadmissibility.

"In terms of FIFA's rules and regulations, you need to request the reasons in a 10-day period after receiving the decision and we responded to the one-liner immediately.

"They wrote back to us saying they're still working on the reasons, from where we'll consider our legal options and make a decision."

Motlanthe said while they may have recourse in the form of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, they're not going to jump for that option unless they don't have another option but to do so.

"In terms of football protocol, you can only take the matter up to CAS if there's no other avenue to appeal," Motlanthe said.

"The key thing at the moment is the reasons and it won't be wise to pre-empt any decision at the moment."

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