Bafana may have to replay their match against Senegal which they won 2-1
South Africa’s World Cup qualification hopes were dealt another blow yesterday when Fifa ordered the match against Senegal be replayed after referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for match manipulation.
Bafana Bafana – still reeling from back to back loses against Cape Verde which has left them bottom of group D with four points from four games – beat Senegal 2-1 in November 2016.
Ghanaian Lamptey, awarded a dubious penalty to Bafana just before half-time when Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. However, replays proved that the ball had hit Koulibaly’s legs.
The Bureau for the Fifa World Cup Qualifiers ordered a replay of the qualification match following the confirmation of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to uphold Lamptey’s lifetime ban for match manipulation.
The South African Football Association (Safa) confirmed on its website that it had received the report and that the match would be replayed within the November 2017 international window. The date has yet to be confirmed.
Safa was studying the contents of the report and would issue a statement on whether to challenge that decision. Safa said it was in no way involved with any wrongdoing related to the actions of the referee. “In the meantime, all issues related to this matter will be handled by Senior Counsel, Mr Norman Arendse.”
Bafana Bafana supporters took to social media to vent their anger against the decision.
Supporters have labelled the decision unfair on the continent and called for other games with poor refereeing decisions to be replayed.