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2022 WCQ: FIFA Begins Investigations Into Ghana-South Africa Game Over Controversial Penalty

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2022 WCQ: FIFA Begins Investigations Into Ghana-South Africa Game Over Controversial Penalty

FIFA has began investigating Ghana’s World Cup qualifier against Bafana Bafana after the South Africa Football Association logged a complaint.

Specifically, the penalty awarded Ghana will be under review following the displeasure shown by the SAFA after the game.

World football governing body FIFA has confirmed that it has received a complaint from the South African Football Association (SAFA) over their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Ghana which they lost 1-0.

FIFA in a statement in response to a query from Graphic Online said: “FIFA has received a complaint from the South African FA in relation to this matter and will review it. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage”.

It will be recalled that the Black Stars of Ghana defeated the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 1-0 last Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium to qualify for the play-offs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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The goal which was scored by Ghana captain Andre Ayew came from the penalty spot after Ghana defender Daniel Amartey was fouled.

Replays of the incident show that South Africa defender Rushine de Reuck held the Leicester man after a corner was floated in his direction by Daniel Kyere.

Senegalese Referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded the penalty which was converted by Ayew.

Ghana had trailed South Africa by three points heading into the match and victory was the only result required to seal qualification to the third round of the qualifiers while the South Africans had only needed a draw.

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Complaint

In the aftermath of the match, South Africa Football Association CEO, Tebogo Motlanthe signalled their association’s intent to lodge a formal complaint into the conduct of the match officials.

“The association (SAFA) has decided to lodge a formal complaint so that the conduct of the match officials are closely investigated by both FIFA and CAF but we will be having a press conference to tell the nation what will be happening going forward,” Mr Motlanthe said in a tweet shared by the team’s Twitter account.

In 2016, South Africa had to replay a World Cup qualifier they won 2-1 against Senegal after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing a match result by FIFA.

Lamptey who wrongly awarded a penalty to the South Africans was handed a life ban while Senegal won the replay 2-0 and qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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‘I Want To Play Another World Cup’ – Asamoah Gyan

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Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has said he wishes to feature at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Gyan hasn’t played for the Black Stars since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and has been blighted by injuries.

The 36-year-old returned to the Ghana Premier League last season after signing for Legon Cities, but rarely played before parting ways with the club after just a year.

Currently promoting his autobiography, titled ‘Legyandary: the story of Asamoah Gyan’, the veteran striker said every player would love to play at the World Cup.

“Who doesn’t want to play at the World Cup? Every player wants to play at the World Cup,” he said on Citi TV, as quoted by Ghanaweb.

“Yes, I have tasted the World Cup three times and though I would love to play at this year’s World Cup, as I have always said, I am currently not fit enough to play active football but when I Start playing – who knows?”

The Black Stars booked their place at the quadrennial tournament on away goals following a 1-1 aggregate score against West African rivals Nigeria in March.
“I shall surely be in Qatar but maybe a pundit or let’s see,” Gyan added.

The striker’s book launch will come off on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the plush Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra.

 

 

 

 

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Dates For MTN FA Cup Semifinal Games Announced

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The MTN FA Cup semi-final fixtures have been scheduled for Saturday May 14 and Sunday May 15 at the El Wak Stadium and Golden City Park in Berekum respectively.

Defending Champions Accra Hearts of Oak SC who eliminated Elmina Sharks FC in the quarterfinals stage will face Dreams FC at the El Wak Stadium on Saturday, May 14.

The Brong Ahafo Derby between Aduana Stars FC and former FA Cup winners Bechem United is also scheduled for the Golden City park on Sunday, May 15.

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Winners from the two matches will advance to the finals which will be played at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.

The final match will be played on Sunday, June 26, 2022.

Dates For MTN FA Cup Semifinal Games Announced

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I Have Not Had An Erection Since Awarding Penalty Against Hearts of Oak – Referee Padi

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I Have Not Had An Erection Since Awarding Penalty Against Hearts of Oak – Referee Padi

Ghanaian referee Kenney Padi says he is yet to have an erection since officiating in the Super Clash game between Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak in the Ghana Premier League Week 24 fixture.

The Class one referee awarded a controversial penalty to Asante Kotoko which enabled the league leaders to beat their arch-rivals by a lone goal at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The penalty decision generated a lot of talks and his performance also questioned on the day.

Hearts of Oak reported referee Kenney Padi to the Ghana Football Association over his performance.

Referee Padi in an interview on Wenchi-based Ewiase FM has revealed that he has been hunted by the decision to award the penalty and has not had an erection in bed since then.

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“I have not had erection since the day I awarded the penalty against Hearts of Oak.

“Sometimes I get strange and horrific nightmares, I can’t sleep,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association Match Review Panel has suspended referee Kenny Padi for the rest of the season after he was found guilty of erring in the penalty decision in the league game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko.

Referee Padi was reported by Hearts of Oak for his role in their 1-0 loss to bitter rivals Kotoko in the Ghana Premier League.

Padi gave Kotoko a penalty in the first half, which Franck Mbella Etouga converted to secure the Porcupine Warriors’ victory.

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The Phobians insisted it was a dubious call, and they have been proven right by the Match Review who ruled that Padi will not officiate any match for the rest of the season.

 

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