‘Controversial’ South Africa v Senegal World Cup qualifier to be replayed in November FIFA window

Following the life ban dished out to the match referee of the World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal by FIFA, a replay has been ordered by the world soccer governing body.

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for ‘match manipulation’.

He awarded a penalty to South Africa in their 2-1 win in November last year for handball but replays showed the ball hit Senegal’s Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly on the knee.

The match is due to be replayed in the November 2017 international window.

Lamptey was initially banned for life in March but on Wednesday the decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Senegal Football Federation had lodged a complaint prior to the investigation and consequent punishment.

Senegal and South Africa are currently third and fourth respectively in Africa’s Group D behind Burkina Faso and Cape Verde Islands.


Only the top team qualify for next year’s finals in Russia.