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Feature: Would Ghana have complained if FIFA gave them free World Cup points like Zambia?

Published on: 08 November 2012

As expected, there have been protests in the Ghana camp over FIFAs decision to rule in favour of Zambia on the Sudan vs Zambia encounter.

Ghana players are unhappy over FIFA’s decision to strip Sudan of a win over Zambia for fielding an ineligible player in a 2014 World Cup qualifier, the country’s FA chief has revealed.

The Black Stars think the decision to award the points to the Chipolopolo gives the Southern Africans the unfair advantage as they fight for one of the tickets to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

It was widely accepted by all that Sudan had breached the rules by fielding a player who was ineligible to play and the only doubt to the issue of whether or not Zambia would get the points was the question of FAZ having lodged in the complaint in time.

The expectation is that the Ghanains would have shelved the points if they were in a similar position where a player ineligible was made to play against them and it ould be seen as hypocrisy that they would be crying about the decision in the back ground.

Whether Zambia protested or not, FIFA should still have moved to punish the Sudanese for cheating.

Sudan are also furious over the award of three boardroom points to Zambia insisting FIFA or CAF did not notify them of defender Saifeldin Ali Idris suspension as required by law.

But Din Ali admitted that he warned the Sudanese FA about the red card he received at the Africa Cup of Nations.

” I told the technical staff that I can’t play in the Zambia match after I got the red card in the last AFCON match but they told me that I would play against Zambia because CAF did not notify them that I was banned,” Din Ali said.

Even Ali seemed to be more aware of the rules than his Sudanese administrators who hoped to get away with a wrong.

The fact is the Sudanese did not play the game by the rules and to ay FIFA or CAF did not notify them is no excuse.

Ghana should concentrate on how they will win all their remaining games for now and not cry over a deliberate error by the Sudanese which the hoped they would get away with.

On the back of the FIFA ruling against Sudan, African champions Zambia are now top of their qualifying group for Brazil 2014 on six points, three more than closest rivals Ghana.

Saifeldin was earlier suspended in his last competitive match prior to that game following his sent-off at the 2012 Africa Cup in a 3-0 quarterfinal loss Zambia on February.

Would Ghana and Sudan had complained to FIFA if Zambia had used an ineligible player? Is the boardroom decision to strip Sudan a fair outcome? Make your views known in the box below:


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 08, 2012 02:26 pm
    WHO CARES!!!!!!! Can we have more articles that discuss ways to improve the team please??
  • Kwame Adu-Gyamfi says:
    November 08, 2012 02:49 pm
    Sudan should have been punished by simply losing their points. Zambia lost they shouldn't get anything.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    November 08, 2012 02:54 pm
    What it means is that, FIFA punished Sudan to punish Ghana too. FIFA should have either punish Sudan alone by suspending them or awarded Zambia one point only so Zambia could fight for themselves The problem is why did FIFA punish innocent Ghana?
  • Omaatan says:
    November 08, 2012 03:03 pm
    This is highly unnecessary and uncalled for. Have you run out of news or publications?
  • junior mafia says:
    November 08, 2012 03:04 pm
    Foolish article,y da **** do u punish da othr two teams in da group fo sudans mistake?
  • Dr Who says:
    November 08, 2012 03:16 pm
    Irrelevant article!
  • Kay says:
    November 08, 2012 03:31 pm
    The rule is bias. Suspend Sudan from the group forfeiting all their points. Make it null and void. If Zambia had played to a draw, give the win to Zambia. Sudan to pay Zambia for their travel expenses and Hotel. Or replay the match at a neutral place with Sudan funding Zambia. SIMPLE
  • Eman says:
    November 08, 2012 03:46 pm
    Stupid Question. Of course we would not complain, but it's still unfair to all others in the group who made no violations. Sudan is the only one who should be punished. not Ghana and Lesotho
  • Chu says:
    November 08, 2012 04:08 pm
    Well this is good enough deterance for teams in the future. But I feel sudnan should have been fined, and the player banned for the rest of the qualifiers tha striping the other 10 players of their hard work. I watched the match and in real factual truth, Zambia was no where near scoring, they were as poor and lethargic as the words. The first 49th minute strike was on i fell in love with Well Zambia should never think they have it cause the senario has covered their weakness which was exhibited in Uganda. I dont think they would had conceded a goal in the 6 yard box against the blackstars AS IN Uganda. Well we leave to see and wait for them in Babayara no matter who is on top of the group. Unless we lost it before then or God raptures us.
  • ck says:
    November 08, 2012 04:57 pm
    well, beating them here in ghana is wat is necessary.
  • Mayuka, Southampton England says:
    November 08, 2012 11:20 pm
    you ghanians make me sick always writing about us in zambia we dont care about you. we gonna hammer you again in afcon this time fwayo tembo is coming for you he is in red hot form in romania and has been valued at 20 million euros and also the best midfielder in romania we are gonna eat you alive.
  • kwabra says:
    November 09, 2012 12:36 am
    FIFA did not punish Ghana. They punished Sudan. If ghana were to win their match against Zambia, they will not say FIFA punish them. Just win your matchs and you will be OKAY. Tell your cnfused coach to stop changing players and have a team.As of now Ghana do not have a team. The coach keeps on trying players. Ghana will not go anywhere with this atitude of the coach listing to the media. Jordan Ayew should not be called to the Black Star dispite his hair do , period. Dede Ayew should come from the bench. Atsu has disposed him from the left wind and Sulley is better at the right than Dede. The coach should be bold and make decesion or else he will be fired after the AFCON.
  • Robeen says:
    November 09, 2012 12:40 am
    Your best players at TP Mazembe couldn't even stop our new local club. Is Tembo better than Clottey? Do not worry time will tell.
  • Robeen says:
    November 09, 2012 12:42 am
    This is good. I like all your suggestions, why can't CAF think around these lines? Oh Africa !!!
  • TT says:
    November 09, 2012 12:45 am
    You are so right. Giving Zambia three points is really wrong, because they didn't deserve it. Their performance on the day was in tatters and total disarray. Why reward a failed team? Only in Africa.
  • Roving eyes says:
    November 09, 2012 11:22 am
    Two games are not the same.You make me sick to my bones when you talk about chipolopolo,you dreamers in ghanonions!We understand why chipolopolo performed like dat in Sudan.we were given points and 3 goals.Rules are rules .Nothing you can do.If you want you can negotiate with Faz so that during that game with chipolopolo,chipolopolo could use un eligible Player so that Fifa will give you points.Tit for tat is a fair play.wat do you think little ghanians?