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Bafana/Ghana Ref Still On FIFA Panel

Maguette N'Diaye, the Senegalese referee currently under the spotlight for the way in which he handled the World Cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Ghana last month, remains on the FIFA panel for the global showpiece.

The Siya crew has had it confirmed by two independent football authorities who have in the past officiated at the highest level of the game, providing Soccer Laduma with crucial information regarding N’Diaye’s place on the list.

He is one of the referees being considered to make up a strong group of match officials in Qatar next year, although his spot is under threat following recent events.

N’Diaye took charge of the crucial final group match between South Africa and Ghana in Cape Coast last month, awarding a dubious penalty in the first half, which was converted by Andrew Ayew and gave the Black Stars the win.

SAFA have written to FIFA asking for the referee’s performance to be reviewed and are hoping for a replay, and this has come with suggestions that N’Diaye has been removed from the list of candidates to officiate at the World Cup.

The Siya crew has since been informed that this is not the case because FIFA will only confirm the list of referees in March next year.

It’s around the same time the CAF qualifiers will conclude with five teams booking their tickets for Qatar later in the year.

While SAFA wait on FIFA regarding the investigation, N’Diaye remains a candidate to carry out his duties on the world stage unless the governing body comes to a different conclusion regarding his handling of the Bafana clash.

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