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Ghana FA Release Statement After Bafana Penalty Drama

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has issued a statement in response to SAFA lodging an official complaint to FIFA.

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Following the controversial awarding of a penalty in favour of the Black Stars in their 1-0 win over South Africa this past Sunday, SAFA revealed their intention to file a complaint with CAF and FIFA. 

It was confirmed on Tuesday that FIFA will be reviewing the matter, as per The Athletic, but the GFA's communications director, Henry Asante Twum, has now stated that he does not expect any action to be taken, insisting that "things do not always go your way". 

"That (lodging a complaint) is all they can do. We do not think that we gave them a rodeo. The referee on the day was okay," he told Joy Sports.

"We have been to places where officiating did not go our way but we did not even comment; for instance, the game against Ethiopia, there were certain bad calls from the referee.

"When we played against Zimbabwe in Cape Coast, there were certain bad calls and we received a penalty against us.

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"So things do not always go your way. But if it happens in situations like this where a draw will take you through and you look back at how they set up. They set up to defend, until we scored and it got to the 75th minute, the 80th minute, that was when they were pilling pressure in need of an equaliser.

"Yes, we respect their decision going to FIFA, but I'm afraid I don't think it will change the outcome of the game.

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"We won fairly, we fought very hard for it, and I'm glad we are through to the next stage."

It was Andre Ayew who converted Ghana's chance from the spot-kick in his 100th appearance for his country, with the Al-Sadd attacker saying after the game that he believed the Black Stars could have been awarded more penalties in the game. 

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