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Ghana FA lodges complaint against South African referee; wants replay against Uganda

during the Absa Premiership 2013/14 match between Supersport United and Bidvest Wits at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Attridgeville on the 19 April 2014 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The four-time African champions has officially lodged a protest against the South African referee in their game against the Cranes and want replay


Ghana Football Association has petitioned Fifa after their goalless draw with Uganda in the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifiers on Saturday in Namboole.

The Black Stars were in die-need of three points but despite scoring twice through Daniel Amartey and substitute Rafael Dwamena, as well as appealing for a penalty after Frank Acheampong was felled in the hosts’ box, South African referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants thought otherwise.

Ghana want the game nullified and replayed to enable them stand a realistic chance to qualify to the World Cup.

“Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday,” a GFA statement read.
“The GFA filed the protest to football’s world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.
“Mr Bennett and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal.
The statement added: The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second-half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box.
These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask FIFA to examine their performances.
The GFA respectfully asked FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve  the ends of justice without fear or favour.”

In the other group game, log leaders Egypt will host Congo in Alexandria and will book their place to their maiden tournament since 1990. A win for the Pharaohs will mean that Ghana’s protest will have no effect on them even if the Black Stars win the replay they’re seeking.

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