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Why Senegal might not have qualified for the World Cup yet

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While international breaks can often be a little dull, we’ve reached the stage of qualifying that makes for incredible viewing.

Some nations have booked their place at the Russia World Cup the easy way by winning their respective groups, whilst there are some countries that have to go through to agony of the playoffs.

But there is one nation that is somewhere in between not knowing where they stand.

Senegal THINK they’ve qualified for the World Cup after beating South Africa on Friday. That fixture was a replayed match after South Africa won the initial game back in November, but the 2-1 win was annulled by FIFA after Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was found guilty of match-fixing.

What’s the problem then?

Well, both South Africa and the Burkina Faso - who are also in the same group - have taken the decision to the Court of Arbitration, with an announcement due by the end of the month.

If their appeal is successful and the original 2-1 result stands, Burkina Faso or South Africa could still qualify.

Senegal celebrated their victory over South Africa thinking they had secured their place at the World Cup but, if the president of Burkina Faso FA gets his way, they will still need another victory.

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"Senegal have not yet qualified. An appeal has been made to the CAS and it has to be respected,” Sita Sangare said.

“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.

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“We now need a big win against Cape Verde, and for Senegal to only draw in Dakar. Both are possible.

“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.”

Senegal will just be hoping to beat South Africa in their home clash to put their qualification beyond any doubt. But they will have to do it without Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, who returned to Melwood after complaining of a reoccurrence of his hamstring injury.

it's certainly a saga to keep an eye on - especially if Senegal fail to beat South Africa on Tuesday.

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