FIFA on Wednesday ordered a World Cup qualifier
between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed
after the referee was banned for match fixing.
The November 2016 tie, which will be restaged in
November, was won by South Africa 2-1 after
Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded them a
Lamptey was initially suspended for three months
by African football’s ruling body CAF for awarding a
penalty for a non-existant handball”, with FIFA
handing down the life ban in March.
News of the rematch comes as a boost for Senegal,
who are placed third, one point behind Cape Verde
and Burkina Faso in African zone qualifying Group
D, with two games to go.
Only the group winners secure a ticket to the 2018
finals in Russia.
FIFA explained the decision to replay the game had
come after sport’s highest court CAS had confirmed
“the lifetime ban of match referee, Joseph Lamptey,
for match manipulation, the ruling imposed by the
FIFA Disciplinary and Appeal Committees”.
The statement added: “The match will be replayed
within the November 2017 international window,
with the exact date to be confirmed in due course.