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South Africa Accepts FIFA Ruling to Replay World Cup Qualifier Against Senegal.


The South African Football Association has finally accepted FIFA’s decision to replay the World Cup qualifier against Senegal after the referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of match fixing.

The Federation who had previously refused FIFA’s decision and were considering lodging an appeal against replaying the match has finally decided to agree with FIFA’s ruling.

In an official statement, SAFA clarified that they will not support or associate with match-fixing or manipulation no matter the cost.  They continued to add that basing [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“on ethical and moral grounds, if this match was manipulated, we should replay it.”[/perfectpullquote]

The Court of Arbitration for Sports upheld Lamptey’s lifetime ban for “unlawful influencing of match results” after reversing the result.

FIFA had previously confirmed that “neither SAFA nor (Senegalese Federation) are accused of any wrong doing” meaning both countries are cleared for the game.

The match will be scheduled in the 2017 international break with the exact date to be confirmed at the FIFA committee’s next meeting this week on 14th September. Below is the revised table.

Revised Table

Played Points
Burkina Faso 4 6
Cape Verde 4 6
Senegal 3 5
South Africa 3 1


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