Bafana, Spain match will count

By Drum Digital
28 November 2013

FIFA has decided that the Spain match will be counted.

This improves South Africa’s points from 540 to 554.

But it not enough to move up the ladder. Bafana Bafana remains in 61st place overall, and 11th in Africa.

Bafana Bafana beat the world champions 1-0 in Soccer City thanks to Bernard Parker’s goal, though there were concerns that the match could be downgraded because the visitors made seven substitutes rather than the allotted six.

However, FIFA says the result will stand. ““FIFA have taken into account that both teams had agreed on the conditions of the match and submitted the necessary documentation prior to the match in order for FIFA to confirm it as an ‘A’ international."

“In this context, South Africa shall not suffer any negative consequences on its part for adhering to the agreed conditions and only using up to a maximum of six substitutes during the match."

- DRUM Reporter

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