FIFA has dismissed the protest by South Africa that called for a replay of the 2022 World Cup qualifier Bafana Bafana lost to Black Stars last month in Cape Coast.
The world football governing body said on Friday that the protest lodged was ‘inadmissible’ as it did not meet the basic requirements for filing protests.
This ruling by FIFA means that the Black Stars will have advanced to the playoff stage of Africa’s 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
“The protest lodged by South Africa has been declared inadmissible by the Disciplinary Committee as it did not meet the requirements foreseen under art. 46 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code and art. 14 of the Regulations of the Preliminary Competition of the FIFA World Cup 2022,” FIFA said in a statement on Friday.
“The decision is subject to appeal.”
The ruling also did not mention anything about the Senegalese referee Maguatte Ndiaye which means the match official is free from any claims of dubious officiating during the match in Cape Coast.
The playoff round draw initially was to be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 but has now been postponed to early next year which is Saturday, January 22, 2022.