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Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President, Andrew Kamanga has explained why his association will not ask FIFA for a replay of their October 7, World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo which the Super Eagles won 1-0 with an Alex Iwobi 73rd minute goal.
However, the match generated controversy after Botswana referee Joshua Bondo disallowed Augustine Mulenga’s goal in the first half after the assistant referee raised his flag for offside.
Kamanga explained to the Zambian press how FAZ arrived at its decision after consulting FIFA’s Article 15.6 which clearly states the referees’ decision is final thus:
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence.
“So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
Some Zambian fans had hoped that FAZ would appeal for a replay and get FIFA’s nod in the same way FIFA ordered a replay of the match between South Africa and Senegal.