South Africa accept World Cup replay order

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World governing body Federation Internationale de Football Association ordered the replay after the referee for the original game, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for manipulating the match.

Lamptey was found guilty of unlawfully influencing match results and failed to get his sanction overturned at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

However, SAFA said it would still appeal should the referee's ban be overturned.

Ghanaian official Joseph Lamptey was expelled from football for allegedly manipulating Bafana Bafana's 2-1 win in the November 2016 encounter.

Stuart Baxter's side next host the Burkinabes on October 7.

The SAFA did not immediately accept FIFA's decision for it to be replayed but have now changed course.

It means that South Africa are now bottom of Group D with a single point from three matches and now trail the third-placed Senegalese by four points.

The South African Football Association has released a statement regarding the controversial Senegal game.

FIFA's unprecedented decision to order a replay because of fixing must be confirmed by its organising committee for competitions at a meeting tomorrow. Only the top team qualify for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

The South African Football Association (Safa) has chose to abide by the decision of football governing body Fifa to have the 2018 World Cup qualifying match between South African and Senegal replayed.

"SAFA's zero tolerance on corrupt activities within football are well documented and it is in this light that we made a decision to comply with the FIFA directive".

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