SAFA warned against 'dragging' Motsepe into protest

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South Africa has been warned against "dragging" CAF President Patrice Motsepe into the protest lodged to FIFA earlier this week.

The South African Football Association formally lodged a protest against match referee Maguette N'Diaye after Bafana Bafana suffered a 1-0 loss to Ghana in their final 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier last weekend.

This was confirmed in detail by SAFA president Danny Jordaan on Wednesday during a press conference in which he revealed that he had also spoken to CAF president and compatriot, Patrice, Motsepe, about the issue.

"Even though the CAF President is from South Africa, we don’t to be opportunists and use him but of course we called him right after the game and he assisted us but we are not using him in all this," Jordaan said.

Ghana Football Association chief Kurt Okru has since warned SAFA against "dragging" Motsepe into the ongoing dispute but revealed that he was not worried about the former Mamelodi Sundowns owner's impartiality.

"I want to tell Jordaan that he cannot drag the president of the Confederation of African Football into this," Okru said on Thursday, per MyJoyOnline.

"Motsepe is the president of CAF and not the president of SAFA. He doesn’t call the shots as SAFA – we voted for Motsepe to represent a truly democratic African Confederation Football and not to take sides."

"And for Motsepe that I’ve known him will never take sides, and I don’t expect him to take sides."

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