SAFA accept Federation Internationale de Football Association decision

Safa president Danny Jordaan and Advocate Norman Arendse

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 outcome of the emergency meeting was quite clear".

Senegalese players vehemently protested the decision and video footage of the incident clearly showed the ball hitting Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee.

FIFA's decision on the South Africa-Senegal qualifier was the first time the world body ordered a game to be played again because of match-fixing.

However, it said it would appeal should the referee's ban be overturned.

However, federation officials say they now accept the decision. "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.

"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".

Currently, Senegal sits in third place of Group D with South Africa sitting in fourth place.

Senegal registered a consolation through Cheikh Ndoye.

Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey was expelled from football for allegedly manipulating Bafana Bafana's 2-1 win in the November 2016 encounter.

Burkina Faso top the group with six points, just ahead of island nation Cape Verde on goal difference, with only the group winners qualifying for the World Cup in Russian Federation. Now third in the group, a victory in the replay for Senegal could send it to the World Cup at the expense of the other three teams.

Both of the top two now have six points with only the group winners earning a spot at Russian Federation 2018.



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