South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay

Frederick Owens
September 13, 2017

South Africa have accepted a Federation Internationale de Football Association order to replay a 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal that was manipulated by Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey.

Referee Joseph Lamptey awarded South Africa a non-existent penalty which they converted en route to a 2-1 home victory over Senegal in Group D last November.

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.

Now Arendse has confirmed the association has chose to abide by the decision of football governing body Fifa to have the match between SA and Senegal replayed.

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

"If the courts overturn the decision, everything becomes null and void and Safa will reserve its right to challenge the decision of Federation Internationale de Football Association to replay the match".

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Senegalese players vehemently protested the decision and video footage of the incident clearly showed the ball hitting Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee. "We will accept the ruling of the committee and replay this match", Arendse said.

SAFA considered challenging the decision but have decided otherwise.

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

Burkina Faso top the group with six points, just ahead of island nation Cape Verde on goal difference, with only the group winners qualifying for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

South Africa are now bottom of their group even with the three disputed points and will be on the verge of elimination if they do not win the replay.

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