EBNewsDaily reported shortly after the Ghana vs Bafana Bafana encounter that South Africans were disgruntled over the match officials on the last game of the World Cup Qualifier group stages that saw Bafana Bafana’s dream to go to Qatar shuttered.
The penalty awarded was dubious and raised many suspisions on social media.
As part of the measures the country may have under the circumstances, the South African Football Association (SAFA) says they will be lodging a formal complaint asking FIFA and CAF to investigate the performance of the match officials during the encounter.
“The association has decided to lodge a formal complaint so that the conduct of the match officials is closely investigated by both FIFA and CAF,” CEO Tebogo Motlanthe said.
Can SAFA’s application stand?
Unfortunately, the tournament did not have the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) as per the latest norms in recent football games of a high standard, which could have helped the referee to review the decision.
A game between South Africa vs Senegal was re-played following FIFA’s decision in 2017 WCQ towards the 2018 World Cup. Senegal seized the second chance it was given by FIFA to qualify for the World Cup beating South Africa 2-0 in a replay of a game. It will be yet to be seen if the South African Football Association (SAFA) and other football structures could take this further for a review which could potentially assure a replay.