FIFA Disciplinary Committee still investigating South Africa’s replay request against Ghana

Accra, Nov 30. GNA – The Disciplinary Committee of football’s world governing body, FIFA ,is yet to deliver a verdict on South African Football Association’s (SAFA) replay request against the Black Stars of Ghana.

The FIFA DC last Tuesday, commenced investigation into SAFA’s replay request against the Black Stars claiming that Senegalese Referee N’Diaye Maguette could have been involved in a potential match-fixing.

SAFA in their appeal to FIFA are demanding a rematch against Ghana with a neutral venue and referee while the Ghana Football Association have urged FIFA to annul SAFA’s replay request, something they described as “shocking, irresponsible, and outright disrespect to Ghana, a football powerhouse in Africa.”

There have been numerous reports in the sports media indicating FIFA had rejected South Africa’s appeal for a rematch but there has been no official communication from FIFA over the protest.

It has also been reported in the South African media that Referee N’Diaye Maguette has been sanctioned by Confederation of African Football (CAF) and FIFA and would not be allowed to officiate a single African World Cup play-off match.

But there has been no official communication from the two football bodies concerning the issue.

Meanwhile, the Disciplinary Committee of FIFA did not give a deadline as to when the final verdict would be delivered, as both SAFA and GFA await their fate.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Kadjebi NIA Office commences work

Kadjebi (O/R), Nov. 30, GNA-The Kadjebi District Office of the National Identification Authority (NIA) has operationalised its office to assist applicants redeem their Ghana Card in the district.

The directorate had 1,781 Ghana Cards in custody, registered 78 persons for new cards and printed 19 cards as at Monday.

Mr. Angelo Fiawotoafor, District Registration Officer (DRO), disclosed this at an Inter-Service, Sectoral Collaboration and Co-operation System (ISCCS) meeting at Kadjebi in the Oti Region.

He said the Ghana Card was a national identity card issued by the NIA, which bears personal information about the individual whose identity could be verified at all times.

He said the card identified and affirmed the holder as a Ghanaian gave him or her access to a world of benefits.

The DRO explained that the personal identification number and biometric data secured one from identity theft and impersonation.

He said the card also served as an ECOWAS ID Card and one could use it to travel within the sub-region as a passport.

Mr Fiawotoafor said the personal information in the National Identity Register would facilitate recognition and verification of identity by state agencies and private sector institutions.

He mentioned incessant network failure, lack of office space and lack of accommodation for staff as some of the challenges confronting them.

He called on everyone to help them render their service effectively.

Mr Alhassan Sulemana, the Kadjebi District Coordinating Director, appealed to the stakeholders and Heads of Departments within the district to encourage residents to register for the Ghana Card.

He said relevant information on the benefits of the card would encourage them to register for the card.

Source: Ghana News Agency