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CAF President, Patrice Motsepe Arrives In Ghana For A Two-day Visit

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CAF President, Patrice Motsepe Arrives In Ghana For A Two-day Visit

President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr Patrice Motsepe, will arrive in Accra on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, for a two-day visit.

The South African businessman, who took over the reins of CAF from Amad Amad in March this year, will attend a number of programmes during his stay.

During his visit, Dr Patrice Motsepe will be the Special Guest at the Youth connects Programme – an initiative of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana.

He will meet President Akufo-Addo at a Dinner event in Accra Wednesday evening to brainstorm on how to transform the African Youth and policies and programmes for the development of African Football.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will later organise a breakfast Meeting for him at the Kempinski Hotel where he will meet Youth and Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif (Hon.), Football stakeholders, GFA Executive Council Members, Corporate Ghana, past and present football administrators and the Media.

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Dr Patrice Motsepe will round up his visit with a donation at the Dworwulu Special School before a brief session with Ghana’s Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif (Hon.) on Thursday evening.

The Sports Media is to take note that there shall be an opportunity for a media interaction (Questions and Answers) at the Conference Room of the Ghana Football Association at midday on Thursday, October 21, 2021.

This is Dr Motsepe’s first visit to Ghana since he was elected into office as President of CAF in March 2021.

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South Africa claims betting spike during Ghana World Cup qualifying game

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South Africa claims betting spike during Ghana World Cup qualifying game

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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2022 WCQ: Bafana Bafana Beat Zimbabwe To Open 3 Points Clear In Group G

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2022 WCQ: Bafana Bafana Beat Zimbabwe To Open 3 Points Clear In Group G

Bafana Bafana of South Africa last night defeated the Warriors of Zimbabwe in the ongoing 2022 World Cup Qualifiers FNB Stadium to go three points clear on top of Group G ahead Black Stars.

Following their narrow victory over the Warriors, Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos warned his charges that they will be up against a better team when they face the Black Stars

The experienced mentor was disappointed by his charges’ display despite Bafana Bafana claiming a crucial win over Zimbabwe at FNB Stadium on Thursday.

Teboho Mokoena’s solitary goal earned Bafana a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Warriors and they opened a three-point lead at the top of the Group G standings in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

Broos warned his charges that they will need to produce an improved performance when they take on Ghana on Sunday with the Black Stars placed second on the group standings after drawing 1-1 with Ethiopia on Thursday.

“I’m happy with the result but not with the performance, we didn’t do a very good performance today, the opponent was more aggressive than us,” Broos told SABC TV.

“They were better on the ball, we were a little bit soft today, I don’t know why, lucky for us it was 1-0 and they didn’t score because they had chances also, so I can’t be happy with the performance today.

“Ok, we’re in a good position, we go to Ghana but we have to know the performance has to be much better on Sunday because we’ll be playing against a much better team also.”

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Bafana will travel to West Africa where they are scheduled to face the Black Stars in their final Group G game at Cape Coast Sports Stadium and they will advance to the next round of qualifying if they avoid a defeat.

“So again I don’t know what happened today with my team, they were not aggressive, I don’t know why but again we won the game and that is the most important,” he continued.

“We wanted to change because you could see it was not good, it was not only one player, it was all the team, we tried to change somethings with other players,

“It was a little bit better but again. We missed the aggression today, we lost every duel and this is not good.”

Mokoena scored after a beautiful team move with Keagan Dolly grabbing an assist which impressed Broos, but the Belgian tactician wants to see more from his charges against Ghana.

“Yes, it was a good opener, we scored on a set-piece, this is something where we’re strong but again on the other side it was not good today, not enough and I hope we will do better on Sunday,” he added.

“We’re in a very good position, we’re three points ahead but in Ghana if they score three times do we qualify to the next round? So we’re happy with it.”

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