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South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay

South Africa will not appeal against World Cup replay

African Sports
South African football chiefs have agreed a 2018 World Cup qualifying tie against Senegal should be replayed "on ethical and moral grounds". World governing body Fifa ordered the replay after the referee for the original game, Joseph Lamptey, was banned for manipulating the match. The South African Football Association (Safa) had been considering an appeal but now says it agrees with Fifa. However it said it would appeal should the referee's ban be overturned. South Africa beat Senegal 2-1 in the original tie last year. On Tuesday Safa said it "has decided on ethical and moral grounds that if this match was manipulated, we should replay it". It later added: "We have however, noted that the official at the centre of all this controversy has appealed his case to the courts ...
Shakes Mashaba sacked as coach of South Africa

Shakes Mashaba sacked as coach of South Africa

African Sports
South Africa's FA (Safa) has sacked coach Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba for "gross misconduct". He was also found guilty of insubordination and violating communication policies. Mashaba was suspended last month after making strong comments about Safa president Danny Jordan. "Due to the seriousness of [his] actions, we had to release our head coach with immediate effect," a Safa statement said. The incidents all followed South Africa's 2-1 win over Senegal in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on 12 November. That result left Bafana Bafana second in Group D on four points, behind Burkina Faso on goal difference. Only the group winners qualify for the finals in Russia in 2018. "It is regrettable that we had to face the events of the past month at a time when the National Team is