FIFA rejects Ghana’s protest against Daniel Bennett – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Oct 15, 2017. 12:00

FIFA have rejected Ghana’s complaint against South African referee Daniel Bennett and his assistants following last weekend’s World Cup qualifier away to Uganda.

Ghana were denied what looked to have been a legitimate last-gasp winner due to an incorrect offside call from the assistant.

The Black Stars were hoping for a similar outcome to Senegal, who were successful in seeing their loss to South Africa last year – which was handled by discredited Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey – annulled by FIFA.

However, FIFA have rejected Ghana’s appeals, with the organisation stating that “no proceedings will be opened around the World Cup qualifier match Uganda vs. Ghana”.

Egypt have secured top spot in Ghana’s group to claim World Cup qualification for the first time since 1990.

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Ghana FA launch protest against Daniel Bennett – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Staff Reporter

Sunday Oct 08, 2017. 17:00

Ghana have taken steps in trying to force a replay of their 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E qualifier against Uganda in Kampala, which ended in a goalless stalemate.

The match on Saturday afternoon was overshadowed by several refereeing decisions, including what the Black Stars have deemed a ‘perfect goal’ with the final kick of the game.

As a result, they have launched a protest to the world football governing body, asking that FIFA look into the performance of South African referee Daniel Bennett and his fellow match officials.

The Ghana FA launched an official statement via their official Twitter page on Saturday evening, across a series of seven tweets:

“Ghana FA lodges FIFA protests over referee in World Cup qualifier in Uganda.

“GFA lodged a protest with FIFA over the performance of ref D. Bennett & his assistants E. Adelaide & S.Marie during the 2018 WCQ v Uganda.

“The GFA filed the protest to 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,” the sequence of tweets concluded.

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South Africa’s Daniel Bennett to officiate Uganda v Ghana World Cup qualifier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 09:30

South African referee Daniel Bennett has been handed the assignment of handling the upcoming the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier between Uganda and Ghana at Namboole.

Bennett will be assisted by two officials from Syechelles – Adelaide Eldrick Giles Mathieu is the first assistant referee whilst Marie Steve Jonathan shall be the second assistant.

Another official from the Seychelles, Fred Nelson Emile Louis, will be the fourth official of the highly anticipated crucial encounter.

On the other hand, Cameroonian Evehe Divine Raphael is the referee assessor and Kenya’s Omar Abubaker Yusuf Mohamed will work as the match commissioner.

According to Kawowo Sports website, the developments were confirmed by the FIFA 2018 World cup Qualifiers and International matches Division.

The Cranes will play host to the Black Stars on Saturday, October 7 at Namboole Stadium.

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