Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Bafana's World Cup hopes sink as Safa accepts Federation Internationale de Football Association decision

Bafana's World Cup hopes sink as Safa accepts Federation Internationale de Football Association decision

The SA Football Association on Tuesday announced it would not appeal a Fifa decision that Bafana Bafana have to replay their 2-1 World Cup qualifying win against Senegal.

The encounter last November saw referee Lamptey award 2-1 winners South Africa a penalty in a move Federation Internationale de Football Association ruled amounted to "match manipulation", later resulting in the lifetime ban for the Ghanaian.

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.

Lamptey was subsequently banned for life for match manipulation after investigation.

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

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

Jordaan and Arendse said there were legal grounds for an appeal, such as Safa not being cited to give testimony and that the committee that made the ruling had no jurisdiction to.

Neither South Africa nor Senegal have been accused of any wrongdoing.

The SAFA did not immediately accept FIFA's decision for it to be replayed but have now changed course. He determined that Napoli and Senegal defender Koulibaly had handled the ball in the area, when it clearly had not happened.

"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".

Group C of African World Cup qualifying now has a different feel following the voiding of the match.

South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup, but have not qualified for the football showcase since 2002.

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