How South Africa reacted to FIFA’s verdict on Senegal match

Patricia de Lille

South African Football Association, SAFA has confirm that they have received a report from FIFA stating the replay of the World Cup match against Senegal that was played last year on 12 November 2016 in Polokwane which South Africa 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 suggests that the match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.

Bafana Bafana won the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Thulani Hlatshwayo, after a controversial penalty decision and Thulani Serero. Cheikh Ndoye scored a consolation goal for the visitors.

SAFA said in a report that it is studying the contents of the report and will issue a statement on intentions to challenge that decision.

SAFA also stated categorically that it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee, as stated in the FIFA report.

The nation’s football governing body also confirmed that its has appointed a Senior Counsel, Mr Norman Arendse to help handle the matter.

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