FIFA have confirmed that Bafana Bafana's 1-0 win over Spain will remain classified as an 'A' international and South Africa have been given the spoils for their triumph.
The world governing body said that they had taken into account that both teams had agreed on the conditions of the match, and thus did not see any reasons for the hosts to suffer "negative consequences" as a result.
A statement sent to the Siya crew read, "FIFA can confirm that the South Africa-Spain friendly match of 19 November remains an ‘A’ international, despite the fact that Spain allegedly used more than the maximum of six substitutes that the Laws of the Game stipulate can be used for such a match.
"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.
"The match shall be considered as an official match and is therefore included in the November edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
"Regarding the alleged incident of Spain using more than the maximum of six substitutes, FIFA is currently analysing the information at our disposal to assess possible next steps."
In the latest FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, published on the international governing body of football website, Bafana sit on 554 points in November, 14 more than October, and despite the impressive result against the world champions, they remain 61st in the world - though they did jump a place up on the continental rankings from 12th to 11th.
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