South Africa-Senegal World Cup qualifier to be replayed in November
The game, which was held in November 2016 and ended 2-1 in favour of South Africa, was accompanied with some controversial decisions which highly influenced the match result as Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded the Bafana Bafana a penalty for a non-existent handball on Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
FIFA stated that the Bureau for the World Cup qualifier have ordered a replay of the game between South Africa and Senegal after the match referee was banned for life. This came after the Court Arbitration of Sport (CAS) confirmed the lifetime ban of Lamptey for match manipulation.
FIFA added that the game will be replayed in the upcoming international window, with the exact date to be decided later.
The Ghanaian referee has a history of controversial decisions in big games; he previously awarded Tunisia’s Esperance a clear handball goal by Nigerian striker Michael Eneramo in the return leg of the 2010 CAF Champions League semifinal against Egypt’s Al Ahly. The goal was crucial for the Tunisian side to reach the final.
Senegal and South Africa currently sit third and fourth respectively in Group D of the qualifiers behind Burkina Faso and Cape Verde Islands, who have six points each.
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