Investigations are under way by FIFA into three of the qualifying games of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Ethiopia is one of the three countries being investigated by FIFA for allegedly fielding ineligible players during their 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Ethiopia’s 2-1 win over South Africa this past weekend, Toga’s victory over Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea’s win over the Cape Verde Islands are the three matches being investigated.
Ethiopia have admitted to fielding an ineligible player during when they played Botswana, before their game against South Africa.
Minyahile Beyene should not have played in the qualifying match against Botswana on the 8th June as he currently had two yellow cards to his name. He was booked against South Africa in June 2012 as well as in a match against Botswana in March, earlier this year.
"We have evaluated the situation and we came across the issue that we made a mistake," said Sahlu Gebrewold in a statement.
According to FIFA protocol, if teams are found guilty of fielding an ineligible player the match result is overturned. Depending on FIFA’s decision, Ethiopia will lose three points, giving South Africa a second chance at qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, football’s world governing body cannot commit as to when exactly the decision will be reached.
If the Black Lions are found guilty, South Africa will face Botswana in September while Ethiopia's remaining fixture will be against Central African Republic. As the points currently stand, Ethiopia is top of group A with 10 points, followed by Bafana Bafana with eight points, Botswana with seven points and Central African Republic with three.
Botswana, who have also been knocked out, will be awarded the three points from their game against Ethiopia if FIFA finds them guilty, meaning if both they and South Africa win their next matches and Ethiopia lose theirs, Botswana and South Africa are likely to advance.
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