Burkina Faso FA president confident CAS will annul Bafana Bafana vs Senegal replay
Posted: 14 November 2017 Time: 18:08
Burkina Faso are confident of having last Friday's World Cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Senegal annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Stallions lodged an appeal to CAS in September following an order from football governing body FIFA to have a match in Polokwane between South Africa and Senegal replayed, after it was alleged that referee Joseph Lamptey manipulated the 2-1 result in favour of the hosts.
The match was eventually replayed last Friday, with The Lions of Teranga walking away 2-0 victors at the Peter Mokaba Stadium, and utimately booking their place at Russia 2018.
However, the Burkinabe have refused to accept Senegal's qualification as official, revealing that CAS have accepted their appeal, which will be heard on "December 1 at the latest".
“Senegal have not yet qualified. An appeal has been made to the CAS and it has to be respected,” said Burkina Faso FA president Sita Sangare, according to UK publication, The Sun.
“The CAS has yet to make its decision. It has told us that our appeal is admissible, and better still they have told South Africa the same about their own appeal.
“They will examine both pleas, by 1 December at the latest. We now need a big win against Cape Verde, and for Senegal to only draw in Dakar. Both are possible.”
Tonight will see Burkina Faso host Cape Verde in their final Group D fixture, at the same time when Senegal host Bafana in Dakar, and Sangare believes a convincing win over the Blue Sharks could still send them to their first ever World Cup.
“We will play flat out and try for as big a win as possible, while keeping an eye on events in the other game. We have no doubt that the CAS will annul the game played last Friday - as it should never have been played in the first place,” he concluded.
Should CAS rule in favour of Burkina Faso, Bafana's 2-1 win in November last year will stand and they will subsequently return to seven points from five matches, meaning a win over Senegal this evening would cast Stuart Baxter's side's passage to Russia in stone.
Kick-off of both final Group D fixtures is set for 21h30 (SA time).