Burkina Faso’s football federation FBF has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision by FIFA to call for a replay between South Africa and Senegal in November 2017, in the African qualifiers for the Russia 2018 World Cup.Burkina Faso claim that the decision could heavily impact their chances of qualifying for the World Cup.
They are currently joint top of Group D with Cape Verde on six points. Senegal have 5 while the Bafana Bafana trail with a solitary point after their 2-1 victory against Senegal in November 2016 was cancelled following the ruling.
FBF on 18 September 2017 the sports litigation court CAS a “statement of appeal” against the FIFA decision saying it was tainted by abuse of power.
“The FBF continues to oppose a decision that is tainted by abuse of power and has nothing to do with the texts of the international football authority,” the statement read in part, attempting to draw FIFA’s attention to a number of illegalities contained in the decision.
The match will be replayed within the November 2017 international window, unless the CAS rules in favour of Burkina Faso against FIFA. The exact date is still to be confirmed.Follow @Muisyo_