Safa welcomes Fifa’s sanction against Ethiopia

By Drum Digital
02 July 2013

The South African Football Association has welcomed the Fifa ruling to sanction the Ethiopian national team for fielding an ineligible player. In a statement, FIFA confirmed it has sanctioned the EFF for fielding an ineligible player in the preliminary competition match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil between Botswana and Ethiopia played in Lobatse on 8 June 2013.

Ethiopia won the game 2-1 but the match has now been awarded to Botswana following the FIFA disciplinary committee hearing.

SA head coach Gordon Igesund was quoted saying, “We welcome the decision, which I believe was expected. It was never in doubt because rules are rules, so in our view it is a correct decision.

“The decision also gives us a second bite on the cherry; we now have to beat Botswana and hope Ethiopia loses or draws against Central African Republic. But I am very pleased with the outcome,” said Igesund.

The decision by FIFA means South Africa still has a chance to proceed to the play-offs of the qualifiers if they beat Botswana in the last game and Ethiopia fails to beat the Central African Republic, reports Safa site.

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