Ineligible Players: Nations Shoot themselves in the Foo
Just imagine your nation is comfortably leading the group for World Cup qualifiers and just two games away from playing at the World Cup, all of a sudden, they are deducted points for fielding an ineligible player and that puts them in a tight situation (Back to Mathematics). This is exactly the situation many Africa Nations led by CECAFA representatives Ethiopia are going through at the moment. Some things are hard to believe but in this age and era of technology, a national team is able to field a suspended or ineligible player in a match as important as a World Cup Qualifier.
Ethiopia fielded midfielder Manyahile Beyene against Botswana instead of serving a one-match ban having been cautioned in games away to South Africa and at home against to Central African Republic (CAR). "We accept the allegation, it is a mistake by our side, shocking news to us," Ethiopia FA President Gebremariam said.
"We're not going to appeal, it's a management blunder," he added. The Walia Antelopes had qualified for the Africa Zone play offs after their 2-1 win over Bafana Bafana on June 6 put them on 13 un assailable points but with FIFA likely to dock them three points, second placed South Africa with 8 points and third placed Botswana likely to gain three points and goals from that game return to contention for a place at the World’s biggest soccer tournament.
The standard punishment for a team guilty of using an ineligible player is that their opponents are awarded a 3-0 victory, with Sudan, Burkina Faso and Gabon already punished during the 2014 qualifying competition. Sudan played suspended Eldin Adris , Burkina Faso used Cameroon-born Herve Zengue , and Gabon picked Charly Moussono , who represented Cameroon at the 2006 Beach Soccer World Cup.
Like Ethiopia, Togo is also in a tight situation after fielding suspended Alaixys Romao in the 2-0 win over Cameroon and their FA member Toussa Komi admitted. "It's true that the Togolese team didn't find out if the player was qualified (to play) before using him," said Komi.
If Togo's points are redistributed to Cameroon, it will hand the Indomitable Lions a massive World Cup lifeline. Cameroon currently trail Group I leaders Libya by two points, but would move a point clear in the table with one game remaining.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Kawowo Sports