Bafana Bafana skipper Ronwen Williams has broken his silence on the complaint by the South African Football Association, sent to world football governing body FIFA and the Confederation of African Football.
Williams addressed the outrageous comments made by the Ghana FA over the potential outcome of the complaint, which could result in a replay of the 2022 World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Ghana.
Like the rest of the country, the 29-year-old is waiting with bated breath as FIFA deliberate whether SAFA has enough grounds to call for a replay of the qualifier, after the federation lodged a protest due to what it believed was biased officiating.
With both SAFA and the GFA having now submitted their respective arguments to FIFA, the Bafana skipper has opened up on the matter.
“We [are] waiting. We actually thought that there would be some kind of announcement yesterday [Wednesday] but they said that the discussions were held yesterday. So we are playing the waiting game. I think we’ve got a very strong case. Mr Ace Ngcobo came up with an amazing analysis of the whole thing,” he told journalists at the Discovery Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge launch.
“Hopefully we can get that replay and just go out there and fight because I think we were the better team throughout this group and to go out like that obviously hurt but that is where characters are built, and the guys need to stay focused and continue believing in what we are building.”
Williams has already addressed the damning report that emerged from the Ghana FA accusing SAFA of using baseless accusations in their protest over the penalty that was awarded in the 1-0 win.
“I saw the response from Ghana, and we don’t have any problems with Ghana. We don’t have a problem with the players, we don’t have any problems with the FA, everything was fine there. Our problem is with the officiating. So, their response didn’t make sense because they are our African brothers, and we look up to them as most of them play overseas,” Williams added.
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