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FIFA reverses Sudan soccer team’s win against Zambia


October 8, 2012 (WASHINGTON) – The world soccer’s governing body FIFA ruled today against Sudan in the complaint submitted by Zambia which alleges that the former used an ineligible player during their 2014 World Cup qualifier match last June.

Sudan National Football Team (Reuters)

Sudan won the game 2-0 which saw the participation of Saif Ali whom the FIFA now determined that he shouldn’t have been allowed to play because he has received yellow cards in previous matches. Ironically Ali scored the second goal in that match in question.

FIFA declared the match "lost by forfeit by Sudan" and awarded Zambia a 3-0 victory and with it the three points for a win. It also fined The Sudan Football Association (SFA) the equivalent of $6,430.

The decision deals Sudan’s hope of qualifying a severe blow as Zambia now leads Group D with six points after two matches. Sudan now retreats to third place with one point. Only the group winners go into next round of play-offs.

The SFA has sought to downplay Zambia’s protest asserting that it was submitted past the deadline stipulated by the FIFA. Sudan suggested at the time that the worst case scenario would be for the FIFA to fine them without altering the match’s outcome.

However SFA’s head Muatassim Ja’afar also slammed country’s media for making Zambia aware of the player’s participation and prompting the lodging of the complaint. He called this "unpatriotic" on the part of the Sudanese media.


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  • 9 October 2012 08:42, by Northern Sudanese

    really bad luck for sudan, but there are still another 3 matches, if we win 2 then we will still enter fifa 2014 after beating another team from outside the group.....
    but the manager hasn’t managed the team good enough, its a shame that playing with one ineligible player could mean that the country moves down from first place to third :(

    • 9 October 2012 08:53, by Ruach

      North Sudanese:It means that you people don’t know FIFA rules?Wow!You will never qualify for world Cup,Orange African Cup of Nation.Look your orragant and cheating behaviour has snatched 3 points from you and gave it freely to Zambian(our true African brothers). Too bad for cheaters!

      • 9 October 2012 13:56, by Northern Sudanese

        world cup is hard to qualify for, fifa didn’t urge us not to use that player, anyway this is football! that we are back on third doesn’t mean the end, these games will continue till 2013. true african brothers, don’t make me laugh lol most zambians don’t know the difference between north and south sudan looooool

      • 9 October 2012 14:01, by Northern Sudanese

        even if we don’t make it for 2014, we will make it for 2018. we got a lot of new players coming up, just watch and 2014 is not over!
        oh about 2013 AFC, 2012 we came 8th so its not hard to qualify for 2013, our opponent is ethiopia. we already beat them 5-3 in khartoum, they need to beat us by at least 2 goals in Addis and every1 knows ethiopia is weak in football

        • 9 October 2012 18:24, by Ruach

          NorthernSudanese:I can’t even devote my precious time to watch Sudanese team.They were beaten in 2008 3-0 till they went back home!I feeled ashamed when foreigners used to tell me Ruach,see your sudanese friends they are very weak and weak.we will meet them and we will beat them!

        • 15 October 2012 02:41, by Ermi

          You, morone what u were talking about Ethiopia & dreaming of Ethiopian defeat is collapsed by our strongest Lions. You Sudanese r known of conjuring & cheating in all area even in football, it was a recent allegation by FIFA & a reversal of ur soccer team win because of ineligible player is a good ex. of how u are dishonest.As you are not capable in soccer,don’t try Eth nxt time...Shame-on-you...

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  • 9 October 2012 09:46, by Observer

    The comment from Muatassim Ja’afar who blamed our country’s media for making Zambia aware of the player’s participation, prompting the lodging of the complaint and calling the media unpatriotic implies that the SFA knew that they were cheating but hoping to get away with it.
    How sad that the cheating mentality has also seeped into sport in our country.

    • 9 October 2012 13:53, by Northern Sudanese

      its not cheating, FIFA didn’t urge the sudanese team not to use that player but they didn’t, so the player went on but then after months they come and put sudan back on third place?

      • 9 October 2012 20:54, by Observer

        N Sudanese,
        It is cheating- it was not up to the FIFA. SFA know the rules and obviously hoped that people wouldn;t remember after a few months.
        Your comment is so typical of those who govern us - that if you can get away with something by cheating it is ok- if you get caught then blame someone else rather than admitting you are wrong.

    • 11 October 2012 21:47, by mohammed ali

      Observer, it is quite wrong to blame the media,it is his mistake.Unfortunately, it is quite obvious that you are also cheating. Whenever you try to remined us that you are "our" fellow,it instanteneously reavels your true identity!There is no need to say " our countr’s media". It is wrong to blame the media "full stop" We all know that we are talking about Sudanese media.You can’t cheat us!

  • 9 October 2012 14:32, by Gabriel KK

    Sudanese are known for cheating internationally. shame on you!

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