Ghana’s Football Association calls Safa ‘disrespectful’ for Fifa complaint

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Ghana's Joel Fameyeh (left) fights for the ball with South Africa's Rushine de Reuck.
Ghana's Joel Fameyeh (left) fights for the ball with South Africa's Rushine de Reuck.

Ghana’s Football Association (GFA) has released a scathing response to the formal complaint by South Africa to world body Fifa regarding the controversial World Cup qualifier in Cape Coast last Sunday.

Safa president Danny Jordaan detailed a comprehensive formal complaint after the defeat.

Chief among the calls made by Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye was his dubious decision to award Ghana a penalty for an alleged foul on Daniel Amartey, which ultimately resulted in Andre Ayew scoring the match-winning goal from the spot.

“It is shocking, irresponsible, and outright disrespect to note that our colleagues from South Africa’s Football Association [with whom we have good relationships with and mutual sporting respect] have chosen to spread falsehoods to the media, rather than project the real picture of events before, during and after the game.”
Ghana Football Association statement

Part of a statement from the organisation read:

“The Ghana Football Association has closely monitored developments in South Africa, both by the Football Association and the media after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 final Group ‘G’ game ...

“It is shocking, irresponsible, and outright disrespect to note that our colleagues from South Africa’s Football Association [with whom we have good relationships with and mutual sporting respect] have chosen to spread falsehoods to the media, rather than project the real picture of events before, during and after the game.

“First and foremost, before the game itself, lies about the distance between Accra and Cape Coast were released to the extent that it was alleged that the South African football team took nine hours to make the journey from Accra to Cape Coast after they arrived in Ghana.

“Then again, the official handle also tweeted during the match that the South African team was being intimidated, molested, and robbed in Cape Coast.

“The truth is that the distance from Accra to Cape Coast is only 79 miles [127 km]. Unfortunately for our colleagues, Cape Coast is a tourist’s city and many people across the world have been to Cape Coast and would be shocked to hear such a blatant lie, from no less a Football Association than the Safa. Our colleagues forgot that we defeated them 2-0 in Cape Coast in November 2019 in a Cup of Nations qualifier.

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“Even though we believe that it is within the South African Football Association’s right to call for investigation, if they feel that certain factors contributed to their loss, we wish to state that the way ... lies, and allegations have been thrown into the public space has been very irresponsible, leading to injury and violence.

“We wish to state categorically that the allegations are frivolous, baseless and lack merit and should be treated with all the contempt that it deserves.

“These allegations from South Africa’s Football Association are nothing but a planned scheme and a calculated attempt to shift focus from the defeat, divert attention from their failure to qualify for the play-offs and unjustly dent the hard-earned victory of the Black Stars.”

The GFA said it was also worth noting that everyone associated with the game last Sunday (home and away teams) worked “independently, free of any form of intimidation or fear”.

“The Ghana Football Association call on the South African Football Association to responsibly accept defeat and show respect to the Black Star’s achievement on the field, for this is not the first time Ghana has defeated South Africa and this will not be the last time.”
Ghana Football Association statement

Meanwhile, the South African beach soccer team were drilled 4-1 by Angola on the second day of the Cosafa Beach Soccer Championships in Durban on Thursday.

This followed their win over Seychelles the day before.

They are known as “Beach Bafana” but have limited experience.

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