Safa To Study FIFA Decision To Replay Qualifier Against Senegal

The SA Football Association (Safa) confirmed receipt of a report from Fifa stating that Bafana Bafana should replay their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal.

The match, characterised by some interesting refereeing decisions, was originally played last year on 12 November in Polokwane and Bafana won 2-1.

According to Fifa, this decision follows the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold the lifetime ban of match referee, Jospeh Lamptey, for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the Fifa Disciplinary and Appeal Committees. In their letter, Fifa further suggested that the match be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.

Safa said in a statement that they were studying the contents of the report and would issue a statement on their intentions to challenge that decision.

“Safa wishes to also state categorically that it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee, as stated in the Fifa report.

“In the meantime, all issues related to this matter will be handled by Senior Counsel, Mr Norman Arendse,” read a statement.

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