December 9, 2021

FIFA commence investigations in Ghana, South Africa match fixing claims 

By Allan Damba
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Ghana players join Andre Ayew in celebration after his winner against South Africa | Ghana FA Image

World’s football governing body, FIFA has officially opened investigations in the manner in which Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded the match winning penalty to Ghana in their 1-0 victory against South Africa in the do or die world cup qualifier.

The match in Accra on Sunday left several questions with the Bafana Bafana camp alleging the game had been fixed, given the alleged refereeing decisions throughout the match.

The penalty was awarded after Ghana’s Leicester City midfielder Daniel Amartey went down following what appeared minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck, who was booked for his challenge.

According to Ghanasoccernet.com, FIFA has on Tuesday, November 16 picked interest in the matter. However, this is after the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) called out of the conduct of the referees on the day. 

FIFA has today confirmed that it is reviewing the matter without going into details of what the nature of its investigation into the match would entail.

“FIFA has received a complaint from the South African FA with this matter and will review it. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage,” FIFA said on Tuesday in response to a media query over the status of the complaint by SAFA.

Bafana Bafana needed a draw to reach the third and final round of African qualifying round for the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but Ghana won with an Andre Ayew controversial penalty.

The Black Stars’ narrow win enabled them to reach the African World Cup play-offs by the narrowest of margins, ousting South Africa at the top of the group on goals scored.

It should however be noted that a replay is an extremely unlikely decision from FIFA as such errors have almost always resulted in punishment to the officials involved than replaying the match.

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