Young Africa contest to CAF against Referees on Match Fixing Against Mamelody



We, the undersigned, representing Young Africans Sports Club hereby submit this 

contest in accordance with Rule XVI of the CAF Champions League Regulations

as amended from time to time. 

The contest pertains to a possible administrative error and match-fixing incident during the quarter-final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Young Africans Sports Club played on 05th April 2024 at Tshwane-Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa , as per the following details:

1. Incident Description: 

During the match, in the 57th minute, Young Africans Sports Club Player Aziz Ki

Stephane (jersey no. 10) scored a clear goal which was denied by the entire team of 

referees led by Mr. Dahane Beida from Mauritania. Despite the availability of Video 

Assistant Referee (VAR) technology, Mr. Beida and his team, including Mr. Daniel 

Ayi (Video Assistant Referee from Ghana) and Mr. Jerson Dos Santos (Assistant 

VAR from Angola), intentionally neglected to review the goal incident through VAR, 

thereby disregarding the principles of fair play and justice in football.


We allege that the aforementioned actions by the referee team indicate a deliberate 

attempt to influence the outcome of the match in favor of Mamelodi Sundowns, 

constituting a serious case of match-fixing. This is further supported by the selective 

use of VAR, primarily focusing on fouls committed by Young Africans Sports Club for 

potential red cards, while ignoring a legitimate goal-scoring opportunity.

3. Concerns Raised: 

It is concerning that despite substantial investments in VAR technology, its role in 

ensuring fairness and accuracy in critical match decisions was not upheld. This 

incident raises questions about the integrity of refereeing standards and the 

effectiveness of VAR in upholding fair play principles in football competitions.

4. Request for Investigation: 

We request a thorough investigation into this matter by the Confederation of African 

Football (CAF) to uncover any evidence of administrative error or match-fixing. Such 

actions are detrimental to the spirit of the game and must be addressed promptly to 

maintain the credibility of football competitions under CAF.

5. Remedial Actions Sought: 

In light of the above, we urge CAF to take appropriate remedial actions, which may 

include but are not limited to Conducting a detailed review of the match footage and 

VAR records, Holding accountable any individuals found responsible for misconduct or negligence, Implementing measures to prevent similar incidents in future matches, as well as any other relief you may consider fair and appropriate to grant under Rule XVI (3) of CAF Champions League Regulations, as amended from time to time.We remain committed to upholding the principles of fair play, transparency, and 

integrity in football, and trust that CAF will take decisive steps to address this matter 

and uphold the values of the sport.