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AWCON Qualifiers: Black Queens Beat Nigeria In Accra But Super Falcons Advance

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AWCON Qualifiers: Black Queens Beat Nigeria In Accra But Super Falcons Advance

Ghana have been eliminated from the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifiers despite beating Nigeria 1-0 in Accra on Sunday.

Princella Adubea scored the only goal of the game as she after slotted home from close range after receiving a through ball early in the second half.

Ghana coach Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo largely kept faith with the side that started in the first leg, offering starting places to Djurgardens ace Portia Boakye and the Spain-based duo of Adubea and Grace Asantewaa.

The Black Queens needed to score twice to stand any chance of overturning the first-leg result and started on the front foot, creating a number of chances.

Tagoe-Quarcoo’s girls failed to capitalise on their early dominance as the game was deadlocked at half time.

Minutes after the restart, Adubea took her opportunity as she calmly finished after being put through on goal.

The goalscorer almost got her brace moments later but her header, having connected to a free-kick, struck the bar.

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The Black Queens kept piling pressure on their West African counterparts but suffered a setback halfway through the second half as Boakye received her marching orders for a second bookable offence.

The Nigerians’ numerical advantage, however, lasted only for 10 minutes as Glory Ogbonna was sent off in the 75th minute for a reckless challenge on Naomi Animah.

After an injury-time goal-mouth scamble, which saw Ghana hit the bar again in what was the last significant action of the game, the referee brought the game to an end.

Nigeria, who are the defending Afcon champions, booked their ticket to the final round of the qualifiers as they seek complete qualification for the final tournament which will be hosted in Morocco.

 

 

 

 

 

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2022 World Cup: CAF Confirms Details For Nigeria, Egypt, Ghana fixtures

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that the FIFA ranking for January, will be used to determine the seeded teams for the 2022 World Cup play-offs.

This means Nigeria for instance, could drop off the top five, in which they are currently included.

CAF reached this decision at its Extraordinary General Assembly held in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.

It was announced that the play-off draws would be held on January 26.

The top five countries will be seeded and will face the non-seed teams in the two-legged fixtures.

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The first leg fixtures will take place at the lower-ranked team’s home.

The higher teams that have qualified for the playoffs are Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Nigeria.

The lower-ranked teams are Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali, Congo DR.

 

 

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South Africa claims betting spike during Ghana World Cup qualifying game

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There was a clear pattern of match manipulation during South Africa’s 2022 World Cup qualifier against Ghana, according to South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan.

Ghana beat Bafana Bafana 1-0 on Sunday in the crucial qualifier – a result which saw the Black Stars advance to Africa’s play-offs for the tournament at the expense of the South Africans on goals scored.

Safa lodged a complaint with Fifa about the match and the world governing body, in a letter dated 17 November, said the protest will be submitted to a member of its disciplinary committee on 23 November for consideration.

South Africa’s protest included allegations of “match-fixing, match manipulation including corruption and bribery”, which Jordaan claimed may be linked to gambling at a press conference on Wednesday.

“How is it that there’s a betting spike just before a major decision is taken and therefore people bet? They knew when to bet,” he said.

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The Ghana Football Association, which has dismissed any match-fixing allegation, has been asked for its observations on the matter.

Ghana’s winning goal came from a first-half penalty when Daniel Amartey went down following what appeared minimal contact from defender Rushine de Reuck.

The Fifa disciplinary code allows protests based on “an obvious error” by a referee.

A comprehensive report on the match had been compiled by former South African referee Ace Ncobo and will be used as part of Safa’s protest with Fifa.

Ncobo said he picked up 71 major incidents from the match where he believes that the referee either turned a blind eye in favour of Ghana or made incorrect calls against the South African team.

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20222 WCQ: ‘We Suspect A Fixed Match’ – SAFA Appeal To CAF And FIFA For Replay Of Ghana’s Game

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20222 WCQ: 'We Suspect A Fixed Match' - SAFA Appeal To CAF And FIFA For Replay Of Ghana's Game

The Chief Executive Officer of the South African Football Association, Tebogo Motlanthe, has said that they suspect a foul play in the FIFA World Cup qualifier defeat to the Black Stars.

He has alleged that match-fixing was at play at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium as the Bafana Bafanas lost the Group G playoffs spot following their defeat to the Black Stars.

Senegalese referee Moguetta Ndiaye penalized South Africa defender Rushine De Reuck for a foul on Black Stars Daniel Amartey in the 32nd minute as the two players were in a scramble from a corner kick.

Black Stars captain Andre Dede Ayew sored from the spot to mark his 100th national team appearance with a goal thereby winning the game for Ghana.

“We suspect the game was fixed and our position is that it must be investigated. The conduct of the match officials left much to be desired and we want both CAF and FIFA to investigate. We salute the boys and the technical team for the good work they have done,” Motlanthe told TimesLive in an interview.

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“We went to the match commissioner [Kachalla Babagana Kalli from Nigeria] after the game and told him our intention to lodge a complaint with both Fifa and CAF on how the officiating of the game was.”

“It was a daylight robbery. The penalty incident was not in isolation. We’ll be writing an official letter to Fifa and CAF tomorrow [today] for them to investigate the conduct of the match officials,” he added.

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