Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded a contentious penalty to Bafana Bafana against Senegal. (File picture: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

FIFA said Wednesday that the World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed in November after the referee was handed a lifelong ban.

In November 2016, the Group D match was won 2-1 by South Africa.

Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey awarded a controversial penalty to South Africa for a handball but replays showed the ball hit the player on the knee.

In March, governing body FIFA banned him for life for "unlawfully influencing the match result." That ban was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

With six points each, Burkina Faso and Cape Verde lead the table after four of six game days. With a repeat game now scheduled, Senegal has an opportunity to gain five points. Without the three points from the 2-1 game against Senegal, South Africa will only have one point.

The five winners of the Africa groups will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

- DPA