SAFA have decided to comply with the FIFA directive to replay the match against Senegal in November 2017 after receiving more information from the football governing body.
Bafana Bafana won the affected match 2-1 through a dubious penalty that was awarded by the now banned referee Joseph Lamptey.
Following additional information SAFA received from world governing body FIFA, the Association resolved on moral and ethical grounds that we cannot be beneficiaries of corrupt activities.
Therefore, we have decided that we will comply with the FIFA directive to replay the match against Senegal at a date to be decided.
We have however, noted that the official at the centre of all this controversy has appealed his case to the courts of law and if the courts overturn the decision, everything becomes null and void and SAFA will reserve its right to challenge the decision of FIFA to replay the match.
During the SAFA Emergency Committee meeting on Monday, there were two positions on the matter – whether to go the legal route since there are lots of unanswered questions from FIFA or the ethical and moral route.
SAFA’s zero tolerance on corrupt activities within football are well documented and it is in this light that we decided to comply with the FIFA directive.
Written by: Diski Voice