South Africa agree to Senegal replay


South Africa agree to Senegal replay

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.

Bafana Bafana originally won the contest 2-1 in November a year ago but the referee for the game, Joseph Lamptey of Ghana, was subsequently found guilty of manipulating the result and received a lifetime ban from all footballing activity.

South Africa have decided not to appeal a decision by Federation Internationale de Football Association to have their World Cup qualifier against Senegal replayed.

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 has now said it will not appeal but this could change if Lamptey is successful with any further legal challenges.

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

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

However, federation officials say they now accept the decision.

A statement yesterday said: "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's zero tolerance on corrupt activities within football are well documented and it is in this light that we chose to comply with the FIFA directive", the statement concluded.

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

The fact that he was still appointed by FIFA's referees committee for the World Cup qualifier is a major gripe for South Africa. 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.