Ghana respond to Bafana complaint

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The Ghana Football Association has responded to SAFA's decision to lodge a formal complaint to FIFA following Bafana Bafana's controversial defeat to the Black Stars.

South Africa's chances of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup were ended on Sunday after a controversial penalty decision resulted in Ghana earning a narrow 1-0 win over Hugo Broos' side.

Immediately after the match, SAFA president Tebogo Motlanthe confirmed that a formal complaint had been lodged to FIFA against match referee Maguette N'Diaye, with the world's football governing body confirming receipt of the protest on Tuesday.

The Ghana Football Association has since dismissed allegations that Bafana Bafana were hard done by and revealed that they were not expecting anything to come from the investigation.

"That is all they can do. We don’t think we gave them a raw deal. The referee on the day was okay," GFA communications director Henry Asante Twum told Ghanaian publication MyJoy Online.

"We’ve been to places where officiating did not go our way but we did not comment. Things will not always go your way.

"They set up to defend and until we scored and got to the last 15 minutes of the game, that’s when they started piling pressure in need of the equaliser.

"We respect their decision. They can go to FIFA but I’m afraid, I don’t think it will change the outcome of the game. We won fairly and fought very hard for it. We are glad that we are through to the next stage."

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