Friday, 8 September 2017

Senegal to Benefit From FIFA's Ruling In Group D - Report

Senegal could benefit from FIFA's ruling and go on to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by winning their qualifying group (Group D).
This is after FIFA ordered a Group D match between South Africa and Senegal to be replayed after referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for match fixing.

This has come as a major boost for Senegal, who suffered a 2-1 defeat to South Africa last November with the Ghanaian referee making suspicious decisions during the game.

Current Group D leaders Burkina Faso held much-fancied Senegal to a 0-0 draw in Dakar last week, before the two sides drew 2-2 in Ouagadougou on Tuesday.

As a result, Burkina Faso, who have never participated in World Cup finals, have six points from four games.Third-placed Senegal have accumulated five points from three games following FIFA's ruling.

South Africa recorded two back to back defeats to Cape Verde. The 2010 World Cup hosts lost 2-1 to Cape Verde in Praia last week, before suffering another 2-1 loss at home on Tuesday.

The two surprise defeats left South Africa placed fourth with one point from three matches.

Cape Verde, who have never qualified for the World Cup finals, are placed second with six points from four games.

As things stand, Senegal are the favourites to win Group D because of their game in hand against South Africa.

The rematch is scheduled to take place in November 2017. However, Burkina Faso have already have collected six points and they will qualify for the global tournament if they win their last two matches, and Senegal losses at least one of their three remaining games.

Culled from MTNfootball

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