Senegal qualified for next year’s World Cup in Russia following their 2-0 win over their hosts South Africa in a replayed fixture on Friday however they could still lose the spot after second-placed Burkina Faso and South Africa filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The aforementioned countries are appealing against FIFA’s decision to annul the original result, which was a 2-1 win for South Africa.
If CAS go ahead to grant their request, the Stallions of Burkina Faso will go to Russia if they can beat Cape Verde in their last game and Senegal slip up at home to South Africa.
While confirming the appeal, Burkina Faso FA president Sita Sangare also talked up his country’s chances of reaching Russia 2018. He said: “Senegal have not yet qualified. An appeal has been made to the CAS and it has to be respected.”
“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.” he added.
Speaking further, Sangare said: “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.