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FIFA wants to fix its shambolic World Cup qualifiers for Africa

Posted On Saturday, 21st September 2013
FIFA's shambolic African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup which has been besmirched by series of points deductions because of player ineligibility that has tarnished the qualifiers is a concern to the world governing body.

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FIFA’s shambolic African qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup which has been besmirched by series of points deductions because of player ineligibility that has tarnished the qualifiers is a concern to the world governing body. 

FIFA has been accused of chaotically organizing the qualifiers which does not inform countries of suspended players unlike the other regions of the world where countries have been informed of ineligible players for matches.

The world governing body has been accused of neglecting African countries which has led to undeserving countries reaching final phase of the qualifiers.

Eight matches have been forfeited during the competition because one of the teams involved fielded a player who was ineligible either under nationality rules or through suspension.

FIFA says it is concerned at the way a succession of African teams have broken rules on player eligibility in World Cup qualifiers even though they have hidden their responsibility of informing countries of ineligible players for matches.

The Swiss-based organisation say they will address the problem, director of competitions Mustapha Fahmy said on Friday.

In each case, a 3-0 walkover was awarded to the offending team’s opponents which in several cases had a significant affect on the outcome of the respective group.

“We have noted with some concern what has happened with a number of teams falling foul to the rules of the competition, which are clearly spelt out,” Fahmy told the Confederation of African Football (CAF) website (www.cafonline.com).

“This only happened with one continent, Africa… others, like Europe, Asia or South America did not experience the same problems where disciplinary action had to be taken.

“We need to look into what happened and work on finding solutions and ways to assist (so we can avoid) similar occurrences in future,” added Fahmy, a former CAF secretary general.

“We will come up with possible solutions and discuss them in our relevant courses with member associations. Fifa will aim to provide means and ways to help, so that we address something that obviously went wrong.

“We are always looking to improve and provide better organisation for all our competitions.”

The most recent case cost Cape Verde a place in the final round of playoff matches which will determine Africa’s five teams at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Cape Verde topped their group after winning 2-0 in Tunisia but were found to have fielded a player who should have been serving a four-match ban and were penalised with a 3-0 defeat.

Tunisia, whose coach Nabil Maaloul resigned after the defeat, took their place and will face Cameroon over two legs with Dutchman Rudi Krol as their former coach.

Cape Verde had themselves been on the other end of a similar case when they lost 4-3 to Equatorial Guinea, only to be given a 3-0 win because their opponents fell foul of the rules.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. May his peace prevail says:

    Zambia got free points but…….

  2. JAY TEE says:

    JESUS REIGNS, GHANA WILL MOVE ON ,BAD POLICY FROM FIFA.

  3. Sir Africa says:

    That is really bad bad policy. Robbing/cheating peter to pay Paul. If the black stars were not business minded team, this fucking policy would have ended their dream of playing in the world cup. Why would you award points to a loosing team?? The rule should be to deduct 3points from the team that fields ineligible player if they win, or fine them with huge amount if they loose.

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  5. GH Panther says:

    Infact, fifa needs to revise the whole format of african qualifiers. It jux shows a lack of respect for africa if indeed other continents federations are informed of ineligibles whereas africa is not. And what’s up with this new playoff format. That’s jux wrong cos it cud result in stronger african teams falling out to give africa weak representation whereas the old mini league format was way better as it pitched the strength of numerous teams against each other. Just imagine 2 currently strong african teams like ghana and egypt playing for a wc place whiles two relatively weak teams are drawn together. I would hv liked to see both egypt and ghana do africa proud but it can’t be so due to this bad qualification format which is not even used in europe. Just doesn’t make sense.

  6. anokwale says:

    First issue:

    If you field an ineligible player the teams have to replay at cost to the offender. If the offending team won of course. The team that lost gets to pick the date and venue.

    Second issue:

    Make AFCON winner an automatic qualifier. Take the remaining 15 teams and add the highest ranked team that did not make the AFCON and make it 16 teams. Divide them into four groups of four and let the winners of the four groups take the last four spots.

  7. KFP says:

    IF YOUR FOOTBALL GOVERNING HEAD QUARTERS IS IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS INSTABILITY POLITICALLY THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS. CAF IN EGYPT.





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