Fifa recognises Bafana’s win over Spain

South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan expressed his delight  on Thursday after Fifa confirmed Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 victory over Spain as an  “A” category international friendly.

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Fifa had initially suggested that the match, played at the FNB Stadium in  Johannesburg on 19 November, would not be recognised because Spain  used more  than the allowed six substitutes when they sent on a seventh player,  goalkeeper  Pepe Reina, to replace Victor Valdez in goal. Valdez had taken over from  Iker  Casillas earlier in the game.

After receiving a letter from Fifa on Thursday, Jordaan said Fifa had  confirmed Safa’s position on the contest.

‘The country must savour this win’

“We complied with all the regulations for this historic victory and I am  happy this  matter has been laid to rest. The country must savour this win, as  Bafana Bafana  were the first country to beat Spain on the African continent,”  Jordaan said in a  statement.

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“We expect that the impact of the victory will be reflected in the next  December  Fifa rankings as the ruling arrived on the date the November rankings  were released.”

Bafana Bafana’s win over Spain, the world number one since 2008 and the  reigning European and world champions, was South Africa’s first victory ever  over a  team ranked number one in the world.

Source: www.southafrica.info

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