South Africa accept Federation Internationale de Football Association verdict to replay W'Cup qualifier against Senegal

South Africa accept Federation Internationale de Football Association verdict to replay W'Cup qualifier against Senegal

The South African Football Association (Safa) emergency committee has chose to abide by Fifa's order for Bafana Bafana to replay the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Senegal.

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

Addressing the media on Tuesday, Safa officials, which included among others Dr Danny Jordaan and Norman Arendse, said the association will not support match-fixing or manipulation, but questioned Fifa's decision to dock Bafana Bafana the points gained in November 2016 even after clearing the two countries of any wrongdoing.

"We met as the executive committee on Monday, and what is clear is that we don't want to be recipients of match manipulation".

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 Court of Arbitration for Sport also upheld the life ban for referee Lamptey. "We can not benefit from such and take the points", Safa President Danny Jordaan said at a press conference on Tuesday.

"Following additional information SAFA received from world governing body FIFA, the Association resolved on moral and ethical grounds that we can not be beneficiaries of corrupt activities", SAFA said in a statement on their official website on Tuesday.

Group D table before South Africa Vs Senegal replay was ordered by Federation Internationale de Football Association.

"We won't pursue an appeal at this stage".

SAFA considered challenging the decision but have decided otherwise.

"If this match is the result of match manipulation, then we don't want those points, we then agree with Federation Internationale de Football Association".

South Africa won the game 2-1 but the bigger picture is that Senegal are only a point behind Burkina Faso after four qualifiers, prompting the Burkino Faso FA (FBF) to issue a strongly worded condemnation of FIFA's ruling, describing it as "illegal".



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