Repercussions of Bafana's World Cup qualifying replay with Senegal
Posted: 7 September 2017 Time: 09:27
Supporters of Bafana Bafana are still reeling at the news that the national team will have to replay last November’s FIFA World Cup qualifier against Senegal.
The world soccer governing body on Wednesday night announced that last year’s qualifier, which ended in a favourable 2-1 win for South Africa, will have to be replayed following Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey’s dubious penalty decision for the hosts minutes before the end of the first half.
SAFA are considering appealing this decision, which if upheld, leaves South Africa with a solitary point after three games in their qualifying group, capping off a forgetful FIFA international break following successive defeats to Cape Verde, jeopardising the country’s chances of World Cup qualification.
Over and above the damage to Bafana Bafana’s chances of reaching Russia 2018, the now cancelled game has a number of repercussions, which affect many individuals involved on the day.
For starters, the 14 players utilised on that fateful day will all now have one less international cap to their name.
Itumeleng Khune, Thulani Hlatshwayo, Erick Mathoho, Rivaldo Coetzee, Thabo Matlaba, Andile Jali, Tiyani Mabunda, Mpho Makola, Thulani Serero, Eleazar Rodgers and Keagan Dolly, as well as substitutes Daine Klate, Bradley Grobler and Hlompho Kekana will now all have to erase that game from their curriculum vitaes.
Both Hlatshwayo and Serero scored only their second goals for Bafana Bafana on the day which will now have to be etched out of the history books, leaving both still stuck on one solitary goal for South Africa to their names.
Makola’s assist for Serero’s delightful second on the day also becomes null and void, with the Orlando Pirates midfielder and Bidvest Wits striker Rodgers’ yellow cards on the day now also needing to be rescinded.
The win, which was followed by Shakes Mashaba’s tirade and eventual sacking as senior coach for misconduct, has now been struck off the roll, changing Mashaba’s record slightly over his last tenure at the helm.
Mashaba’s new numbers read: 25 official matches played, 10 wins, 12 draws and three defeats, with 40 goals scored and 25 conceded.
Bafana Bafana will now have to play Senegal in back-to-back World Cup qualifiers in November, with nothing but a win in both matches, combined with favourable results elsewhere – provided the team is able to also overcome Burkina Faso in October – to secure a plane ticket to Russia.