Safa President Danny Jordaan: South Africa win against Spain will stand

The Safa boss is confident that Fifa will make the right decision by crediting Bafana for their remarkable victory over Spain
By Ernest Makhaya

South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan has told Goal that Bafana's win against Spain will stand and it will be counted in the next Fifa rankings.

South Africa stunned the world champions in an international friendly surrounded by a controversial substitution made by the Spanish technical team in the 76th minute on Tuesday night.

"Our win against Spain will stand. As far as we know, Bafana were not at fault in that particular game and therefore we cannot be penalized for it," Jordaan told Goal.

Nonetheless, the new Safa boss admits that the association will wait for Fifa to send a formal confirmation regarding the issue, but he is optimistic that South Africa has a strong case.

"However, we will wait for confirmation from Fifa, but we have a strong case," added Jordaan.

Bafana could earn up to 500 points for a win against Spain should Fifa confirm that their famous 1-0 victory will be considered.

Fifa had set a precedent in 2008 when England manager Fabio Capello had mistakenly made seven substitutions, believing he had permission. Back then the refereeing error caused confusion, placing England's caps and move up the Fifa rankings in doubt, but Fifa allowed the result to stand.

A Fifa statement read: "Fifa can confirm it did not give special dispensation to make up to seven substitutions at the Trinidad & Tobago v England friendly match played on Sunday 1 June 2008.
"The referee of this match confirmed to Fifa that he received no instruction to allow for such a special dispensation, but that it had been a mistake by the referee.
"As Fifa has received no official protest regarding this match, it shall be considered as an official match."

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