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By Gomolemo Motshwane | 2017-09-13 08:24:29.0

After having delivered one of the best sporting spectacles the world has seen in 2010, SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan was understandably miffed that Fifa did not give his organisation courtesy in its match-fixing inquest into Bafana Bafana's qualifier against Senegal.

Safa has done an about-turn after implying that it would challenge the decision that Bafana replay Senegal in their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifier later this year.

Safa's emergency committee deliberated for three hours in a meeting on Monday and decided not to appeal against the decision.

Though it has grievances with the processes followed by the world football governing body, Safa is resigned to abiding by the ruling that was announced last week.

Fifa ordered that the match be replayed after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was fingered for allegedly fixing the outcome of the clash. Lamptey gave Bafana a dubious first-half penalty in the dramatic 2-1 win at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in November.

The handling of the match-fixing probe could strain relations between the two organisations after Jordaan felt Bafana were treated unfairly.

"The decision came last week Wednesday after the Cape Verde match and this was 10 months after the match was played. It is a very long time between the match in November and now," Jordaan said at a press conference yesterday.

He did concede that the association did not want to be the beneficiaries of corruption.

"The moral and ethical issue was raised and we felt that we do not want the three points if this match was tampered with," said

Jordaan, who served as the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee chief executive.

Safa's legal representative in the matter, Advocate Norman Arendse, believes there were legal procedural inconsistencies in Fifa's case.

"We have not seen the complaint lodged by Senegal. We do not have a copy of Fifa's disciplinary committee decision in March and the DC's appeal decision in April or the court of arbitration decision in August. Those decisions, we are told, are under embargo," Arendse said.

Arendse is waiting for a response from Fifa for a meeting request to have a look at the evidence in their possession.

The match is set to replayed in the middle of November. Bafana are bottom of the group and are almost certain to miss out on the World Cup in Russia next year.