Danny Jordan, President of South Africa’s Football Association, has said the organization will not contest FIFA’s decision to order a reply of the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Senegal if there is evidence of match manipulation.
South Africa defeated Senegal 2-1 in the group stage of the preliminary last November in Johannesburg, but both goals scored by the host came from controversial decisions taken by Ghanaian referee, Joseph Lamptey.
The penalty which gave Bafana Bafana the lead was awarded from a non-existent penalty. Later in the game, the host doubled their lead when the referee was ordering Senegalese players to retreat from a free kick as it was being taken. FIFA subsequently gave Lamptey a life ban for match manipulation.
“We don’t want to be the recipient. If there is evidence that the match is being manipulated, if there is evidence that the match is a result of match fixing, and manipulation, we don’t want it, and we will agree with FIFA that the match must be replayed. Provided those evidence is provided to us and in substance that is convincing,” he said.
South Africa are at the bottom of Group D with 4 points in the African Zone qualifying rounds for the 2018 World Cup.