South Africa agrees to replay World Cup qualifier

South Africa agrees to replay World Cup qualifier

South Africa agrees to replay World Cup qualifier

Federation Internationale de Football Association had ordered the World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded a dubious penalty for a non-existent handball.

The win against Senegal, which was previous Bafana head coach Shakes Mashaba's last game in charge, had been South Africa's only victory to date in Group D.

The replay order means South Africa must play Senegal home and away during the November 6-14 worldwide window.

SAFA has now said it will not appeal but this could change if Lamptey is successful with any further legal challenges. "Therefore, we have decided that we will comply with the Federation Internationale de Football Association directive to replay the match against Senegal at a date to be decided", the statement began.

The other South African goal was also controversial with the match official still ordering Senegalese players to retreat for a free-kick after it was taken.

SAFA had considered appealing the verdict, but has now agreed it should not benefit from the result on "moral and ethical" grounds.

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The SAFA did not immediately accept FIFA's decision for it to be replayed but have now changed course.

"SAFA's zero tolerance on corrupt activities within football are well documented and it is in this light that we made a decision to comply with the FIFA directive".

Senegal registered a consolation through Cheikh Ndoye.

It meant he missed out on refereeing at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon in January. Only the top team qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup, but have not qualified for the football showcase since 2002. Group leaders Burkina Faso and Cape Verde each have six points from four games.

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