Friday Nov 19, 2021. 14:00
Ghana Football Association has slammed the South African Football Association for “shocking, irresponsible, and outright disrespect” following Bafana Bafana’s defeat to the Black Stars.
South Africa’s ambitions of qualifying for 2022 FIFA World Cup finals ended after they lost 1-0 to Ghana on Sunday and SAFA then filed a protest letter to FIFA over the conduct of Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye, who officiated the game.
Ghana have now expressed disgust at the behaviour of SAFA in the following statement with FIFA having stated that the matter will be submitted to its Disciplinary Committee on November 21.
“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) 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 between the four-time African Cup of Nations (Afcon) Winners and three-time World Cup participants and World Cup quarter-finalists, the Black Stars, and the South Africa national team, Bafana Bafana at the Cape Coast stadium,” the GFA said in a statement on Thursday.
“It is shocking, irresponsible, and outright disrespect to note that our colleagues from South Africa 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 (9) 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.”