GFA denounces the South African Football Association for “laying the groundwork for a mountain of lies”

On Thursday, November 18, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) released a statement to refute the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) allegations.

On Wednesday 17 November, SAFA held a press conference to detail their observations on their final group game against Ghana in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Despite Ghana advancing to the play-offs, South Africa persisted in their efforts to downplay the integrity of the game.

Ahead of the game in Cape Coast, there were various stories of how the South African team were made to travel nine hours from Accra to Cape Coast.

Additionally, Bafana’s official pseudonym Bafana also posted on social media during the match that the South African team were being bullied, assaulted and robbed in Cape Coast.

In response to these allegations, the GFA in its statement said that “SAFA began to lay the groundwork for a mountain of lies even before the day of the game itself”.

“The truth is that the distance from Accra to Cape Coast is only 79 miles (127 km). Unfortunately for our colleagues Cape Coast is a tourist town and many people from around the world have visited Cape Coast and would be shocked to hear such a blatant lie from a football association like SAFA. Our colleagues forgot that we had beaten them 2-0 in Cape Coast in November 2019 in a qualifying match in the Nations Cup.

“The total driving time is just over two (2) hours, not 7 or 9 hours. Please note that the South African team was driven to Cape Coast by a police escort and motorcade. In fact, the South African team arrived in Cape Coast before the Black Stars arrived in Cape Coast. We urge all South Africans and well meaning football fans to google the distance between Accra and Cape Coast. “

The GFA also admitted that South Africa had the right to request an investigation, but would not allow SAFA to spread lies.

“Even though we believe it is within the right of the South African Football Association to request an investigation, if they believe that certain factors have contributed to their downfall, we wish to state that the way and the manner lie and as allegations have been made public the space has been very irresponsible, resulting in injury and violence.

“We wish to state categorically that the allegations are frivolous, unfounded and unfounded and should be treated with all the contempt they deserve. These South African Football Association allegations are nothing more than a planned plan and a calculated attempt to distract from the defeat, distract from their failure to qualify for the play-offs and to unfairly undermine the Black Stars’ hard-earned victory.

FIFA has confirmed that SAFA’s protest will be submitted to a member of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee on 23 November 2021 for consideration and decision in accordance with Art. 14 (9) of the Regulations for the 2022 FIFA World CupTM.

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