The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has decided not to appeal a decision by FIFA to have their World Cup qualifier against Senegal replayed.

FIFA had ordered the World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded a dubious penalty for a non-existent handball.

Lamptey was subsequently banned for life for match manipulation after investigation.

South Africa won the home game 2-1 last November but FIFA ordered that it be replayed this November on a date yet to be decided.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport also upheld the life ban for referee Lamptey.

There were initial reports that South Africa could appeal FIFA’s decision but their football association (SAFA) appear to have accepted a replay.

“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,” SAFA said in a statement on their official website on Tuesday.

“Therefore, we have decided that we will comply with the FIFA directive to replay the match against Senegal at a date to be decided.”

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