reaking News: Ghana lodges protest at FIFA over South Africa referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda

The Ghana FA has reported South African referee Daniel Bennett and his Seychellois assistants to FIFA for their horrendous refereeing that denied the Black Stars a victory over Uganda in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The GFA has asked FIFA to consider replaying the match and also sanction the referees for their decision to disallow a perfect goal scored at the death by Raphael Dwamena.

Referee Bennett also denied Ghana a perfect penalty call after midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box early in the second half.

“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants Eldrick Adelaide and Steve Marie during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Saturday,” the GFA statement released late on Saturday read.
“The GFA filed the protest to football’s world governing body, FIFA, immediately after the match at the Mandela National Stadium in Kampala.
“Mr Bennett and assistants denied Ghana a perfect goal in the 93rd minute with television replays showing that it was a perfect goal.
“The referee also denied Ghana a penalty earlier in the second-half when Ghana midfielder Frank Acheampong was brought down in the box.
“These and several other decisions by the match officials have left the GFA with no option than to ask FIFA to examine their performances.
“The GFA respectfully asked FIFA to consider the possibility of a replay in order to serve  the ends of justice without fear or favour. “

In 2010, Ghana were moments away from becoming the first African side to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup.

On Saturday, the side were all but eliminated from qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, after a goal with the last kick of the game was incorrectly ruled out by the referee.

Starting the penultimate round of matches in third place in their group, Ghana needed to beat Uganda in Kampala to keep their hopes alive of heading to Russia. The scoreless draw means they are more than likely to be officially eliminated on Sunday.

In the 94th minute, Andy Yiadom’s shot was spilled by Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Onyango, before Raphael Dwamena scored. Or at least, thought he did.

Ghana have been one of the strongest African sides at recent World Cups, playing in every tournament since 2006. With one game to go in qualifying, they are in third place with Group E leaders Egypt facing Congo in Alexandria. A draw or Egyptian win will eliminate Ghana.

Five African sides will make the journey to Russia next summer. Already Cameroon and Algeria are eliminated with Senegal and South Africa looking unlikely to make the trip alongside Ghana.

The African representation could look a little different from recent World Cups next June.

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