South Africa can go to FIFA but Ghana victory won’t change – Asante-Twum
A GFA official responds to calls for a rematch of the two nations’ Group G matchday six.
Asante-Twum feels South Africa’s protest for match-fixing following the Black Stars’ 1-0 victory against Bafana Bafana in a 2022 World Cup qualifier will lead nowhere.
South Africa has asked Fifa to investigate the match, specifically Andre Ayew’s first-half penalty goal.
The penalty was awarded after Daniel Amartey was brought down by Rushine De Reuck following a corner.
“That is all they can do. We don’t think we cheated them. “The referee on the day was fine,” Asante-Twum said.
“In places where the officials didn’t agree with us, we didn’t complain. Expect setbacks. They prepared to defend until we scored and the last 15 minutes of the game when they began to pile on the pressure.
The decision is respected. They can appeal to FIFA, but I doubt that will affect the outcome of the game. We won fairly and hard fought. We are pleased to be moving on.”
The 1-0 win drew Ghana level on points with South Africa, but the latter qualified for the next round due to a better goal record.
Tebogo Mothlante, SAFA CEO, feels the referee’s action should be investigated.
“The referees determined the game, which is not allowed. In addition, we will write to both Caf and Fifa to inquire about the game’s handling and question some of the decisions,” Mothlante stated.
“We have informed the match commissioner that we intend to file a formal complaint.
“Their acts dishearten us, but we can’t let the players suffer – we will challenge when we can.
“We feel defrauded since it is not an isolated penalty. Officials make many questionable decisions.”
Ghana is aiming for a fourth World Cup appearance.