BREAKING | FIFA make decision on SAFA protest

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SAFA has announced a dramatic final decision by world football body FIFA regarding an official complaint on the World Cup qualifier against Ghana.

The South African Football Association released an official statement saying it would now consider its options.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) will consider its options after the world football governing body (FIFA) dismissed its protest following Bafana Bafana's controversial 1-0 loss to the Black Stars of Ghana last month.

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SAFA CEO Tebogo Monthlante said once SAFA gets reasons for the outcome, will sit down and weigh its options.

"We have received the decision without details and we will request FIFA for the reasons and consider our options."

Concerns had been mounting at SAFA offices regarding the prolonged delay in FIFA coming to a decision that leaned ever increasingly towards an unfavourable outcome.

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SAFA lodged an official complaint after Bafana Bafana's controversial Group G defeat to Ghana by 1-0 against Senegalese referee N'Diaye Maguette for alleged match manipulation.

FIFA have now reviewed and disproved the comprehensive complaint by SAFA that included a statistical breakdown of Maguette's decisions.

It was even further alleged that a Ghana official had travelled to Senegal before the match as accusations of bribery surfaced, which is believed to have prolonged the FIFA review.

A slight glimmer of positivity for South Africa is a pledge made by CAF president Patrice Mostepe to improve the standard of refereeing on the African continent.

"I think it's important as well as the introduction of the use of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) so these things will help African football," SAFA president Danny Jordaan said in reaction.

"It will also help the standard and integrity of competitions across the continent."

SAFA now could possibly approach the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) in appeal to the world football body's decision which failed to include andy reasoning or detail.

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