Sep 23, 2017 Last Updated 10:33 AM, Sep 22, 2017


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South Africa may appeal against Fifa's decision to order a replay of the World Cup qualifier against Senegal because of "match manipulation" by the referee.

South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 at home last November but match referee Joseph Lamptey has since been banned for life.

Neither South Africa nor Senegal are accused of any wrongdoing.

"We're grappling for answers and asking Fifa for them before we decide whether to take the matter forward," said South African FA lawyer Norman Arendse.

Arendse, who chairs the legal committee of the South African Football Association (Safa), says his organisation has never been advised by football's world governing body how the match was fixed.

"Safa cannot accept (the game was manipulated) because we have got absolutely no details of the alleged manipulation, what the nature of it was and what it all involved," he told BBC World Service's Newsday programme.

"Is (the referee) just a corrupt individual? Was he bribed by a third party outside of the match to influence the outcome? We just don't know.

"That is the most unpalatable thing for us - to accept an outcome to which we should have been party. We've never ever been called upon to put our side of the story in relation to the game."

Burkina Faso pulled off a shock 2-1 win over Ghana on Sunday to qualify for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Kenya, the tournament for home-based footballers.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Namibia overturned a first-leg deficit against Comoros to progress.

On a weekend of shocks, the holders Democratic Republic of Congo were eliminated on the away goals-ruling by neighbours Congo Brazzaville, as Mali, Algeria, Egypt and South Africa also suffered exits.

African Nations Championship qualifiers - first leg scores in brackets

Aggregate winners qualify for finals in Kenya from 11 January to 2 February


Ivory Coast 1-0 Niger(Ivory Coast win on away goals after tie ends 2-2)

Libya 1-1 Algeria(Libya win 3-2 on aggregate)

Mali 0-1 Mauritania (Mauritania win 3-2 on aggregate)

Morocco 3-1 Egypt (Morocco win 4-2 on aggregate)

Sudan 1-0 Ethiopia (Sudan win 2-1 on aggregate)


Nigeria 2-0 Benin (Nigeria win 2-1 on aggregate)

Zambia 2-0 South Africa (Zambia win 4-2 on aggregate)


Rwanda 2-0 Uganda (Uganda win 3-2 on aggregate)

Namibia 2-0 Comoros(Namibia win 3-2 on aggregate)

DR Congo (holders) 1-1 Congo (Congowin on away goals)

Ghana 1-2 Burkina Faso(Burkina Faso win 4-3 on aggregate)

Cameroon 2-0 Sao Tome e Principe (Cameroon win 4-0 on aggregate)


Angola 1-0 Madagascar (0-0) (Angolawin 1-0 on aggregate)

Guinea v Senegal (1-3)

Ghana, who drew the first leg 2-2, failed to make the most of home advantage in Kumasi, suffering defeat to Burkina Faso in front of their own fans.

The hosts were rocked by Burkinabe goals from Mohammed Sylla and Herman Nikiema inside 30 minutes at the Baba Yaro Stadium.

Felix Addo pulled one goal back for Ghana just before the hour, but could not find the second goal they desperately needed to force a penalty shootout.

Burkina Faso qualified 4-3 on aggregate and will join 15 other countries at the biennial tournament, which Kenya will host from January 12 to February 4.

Also on Sunday, Namibia secured a place for the first time after a second-half brace from Muna Katupose earned a 2-0 victory over Comoros in Windhoek.

The substitute struck after 54 and 80 minutes as the Namibians overturned a 2-1 first leg loss.

2018 hosts Kenya and Equatorial Guinea, who qualified after Gabon withdrew, will also be making maiden Nations Championship finals appearances.

Former Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng is once again without a club after ending his contract with Spanish club Las Palmas by mutual consent.

Las Palmas cited "irreversible personal reasons" for the decision.

The 30-year-old had a contract with the La Liga side until 2020 after signing for them a year ago following a six-month absence from the sport after leaving Italy's AC Milan.

He scored 10 goals in 28 appearances at Las Palmas including one on his debut. 

Boateng has previously played for Hertha Berlin, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, Milan, twice, and Schalke.

Ghana has successfully launched its first satellite into space.

GhanaSat-1, which was developed by students at All Nations University in Koforidua, was sent into orbit from the International Space Centre.

Cheers erupted as 400 people, including the engineers, gathered in the southern Ghanaian city to watch live pictures of the launch. The first signal was received shortly afterwards.

It is the culmination of a two-year project, costing $50,000 (£40,000).

It received support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The satellite will be used to monitor Ghana's coastline for mapping purposes, and to build capacity in space science and technology.

Project coordinator Dr Richard Damoah said it marked a new beginning for the country.

"It has opened the door for us to do a lot of activities from space," he told the BBC.

He said it would "also help us train the upcoming generation on how to apply satellites in different activities around our region.

"For instance, [monitoring] illegal mining is one of the things we are looking to accomplish."

Rescuers were on Tuesday scrambling to locate survivors after an illegal gold mine collapsed in western Ghana, trapping at least 17 miners underground.

The abandoned mine in Prestea-Nsuta, which was more than 80 metres deep, caved in on Sunday afternoon as the miners were coming back to the surface.

"As of now, we are on the site with the rescue teams," Nsuta district police commander Superintendent Atsu Dzinaku told AFP.

"They saw a body which they are trying to get out," he added.

"They assure us they will do their best to get them out from the pit, we are waiting to see what will happen."

The accident had been blamed on small-scale gold mining, known in Ghana as "galamsey", an industry that had recently seen a government crackdown.

One of the miners who managed to escape said he heard "unusual sounds" from the ground as they were working, which prompted him to call for them to stop and surface.

"Some were reluctant because they presumed it was nothing. Others understood and went out of the pit," Ibrahim Musa told AFP, adding the collapse began as they were climbing out.

"Galamsey" was banned in Ghana earlier this year after a national campaign called for an end to the practice because of its effect on waterways and forests.

Musa, however, claimed the mine was not off-limits.

Abraham Otabil, a spokesman for the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, said the site was not meant to be in operation and the miners had "no right" to be there.

The "galamsey" ban will last until September at the earliest and the ministry was looking at better regulation of the industry across Ghana to make it "more professional", he said.

A "substantial" number of people had stopped mining under the directive but "others are still doing it and these are the results we are getting", he added.

"These reckless deaths should stop."

Ghana was Africa's second-largest gold producer and exports of the commodity, along with minerals and oil, helped boost the country's economic growth until a recent slide.

The industry involved a number of major global players but small-scale, illegal mining had been a persistent problem and accidents are frequent.

In 2010, at least 45 people were killed when an illegal mine collapsed after heavy rains.

Environmental expert Desmond Amankwah said a lack of safety measures and regulation were features of the illicit activity, which could blight farmland for up to 30 years.

But at the same time, he said mining provided jobs and development in Ghana, which could explain a push-back against the government crackdown.

"Wherever there is a mining settlement it is more developed than other villages that don't have these minerals," he said.

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