Ghana chief slams SAFA, Jordaan

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Ghana Football Association president Kurt Okraku has launched a scathing attack on SAFA and the South African national football team amid allegations of match-fixing.

Earlier this week, in an explosive press conference in Sandton, the South Africa Football Association set out the details of its formal complaint to FIFA after Bafana Bafana's controversial defeat to Ghana last weekend.

READ | SAFA detail formal complaint to FIFA

The national team fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Black Stars at the Cape Coast Stadium in an encounter that has since become the focus of a potential match-fixing scandal following the decision-making of Senegalese match referee, Maguette N'Diaye.

While no accusations were explicitly levelled at the Ghanaians by SAFA president Danny Jordaan or national team coach Hugo Broos, the duo were both highly critical of their counterparts for the perceived role they played in Sunday's proceedings.

The GFA issued an emotional statement on Thursday, in which South Africa's comments and complaints were labelled as "shocking, irresponsible and a disrespect", and denied that the Black Stars' win was in any way influenced by the officials.

Scroll through the gallery to see images from SAFA's press conference on Wednesday

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Okraku has now added his voice to the mix and pulled no punches in his criticism of SAFA's handling of the matter, while simultaneously belittling the quality of Bafana Bafana in comparison to the Ghana team.

"Since when did South Africa become a superpower over Ghana in football? Are we kidding here?" the GFA president said, per MyJoyOnline.

"This is the worst South African team I have seen in the last five years and they do not deserve to qualify. I am so angry about their attitude and they are so disrespectful about the quality of things we have here in Ghana.

"It is not correct for people to show so much disrespect to a powerful football nation like Ghana and this must not happen again.

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"Why Should the Republic of South Africa, especially SAFA, think that they can manipulate to get two legs into the Mundial [World Cup]? This will not happen because Ghana will defend our rights to the maximum.

"It is important that Danny [Jordaan] is honest to accept that on the day over the length of the competition, the Black Stars were by the best team in the group," he added.

"The Black Stars dominated the Bafana Bafana. Mother God was so good to South Africa on that day because you could see so clearly the number of goals that should have entered the net, the number of penalty appeals that should have been taken by the referee for Ghana.

"South Africa must not be bad losers, they must not be sore losers. They must understand that they didn’t plan enough, they didn’t play well enough, they didn’t win enough games for which reason they were not good enough against the Black Stars.

"They were not confident in themselves. Haven’t we had quotations from their head coach? Haven’t we? Did South Africa not play against Zimbabwe when they should have scored 4-0 to be comfortable in Ghana when they know they have never won here?"

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