June 16, 2013
Fifa probe alleged ineligible African players
The standard punishment given by the world football governing body is that a guilty team surrenders any points they gained and their opponents are awarded a 3-0 victory.
Fifa found Burkina Faso, Gabon and Sudan guilty of fielding ineligible players in qualifiers for Brazil and opponents Congo-Brazzavile, Niger and Zambia respectively were declared 3-0 winners.
Matches being investigated are the 2-1 win by Ethiopia in Botswana and the 2-0 win by Togo at home to Cameroon during June and the 4-3 home victory of Equatorial Guinea over the Cape Verde Islands last March.
FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Ethiopia 2 South Africa 1.
South Africa striker Bernard Parker went from hero to zero at the Addis Ababa Stadium in the Ethiopian capital, opening the scoring in the 32nd minute, but turning into his own net in the second half to possibly knock his nation out of contention for next year’s tournament in Brazil.
The Kaizer Chiefs man’s contributions came either side of a goal from Ethiopia starlet Getaneh Kebede, after some disastrous defending from Gordon Igesund’s side.
After a tense end-to-end opening 30 minutes, Parker gave his side hope of overtaking Ethiopia at the top of Group A, latching onto a long ball into the left channel and controlling a fine volley past Jemal Tassew and into the far corner from 15 yards.
Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane should have doubled the advantage in the 40th minute, but could only shoot straight at Tassew from 12 yards, and he was punished just three minutes later.
South Africa failed to deal with a cross from the right, and after the ball popped out of an almighty scramble in the penalty area, Kebede kept his cool to dispatch his eighth international goal past Itumeleng Khune.
The visitors threw everything forward after the break, but they were the masters of their own downfall as Parker once again found the net, but this time at the wrong end, putting a miscued header past Khune and gifting Ethiopia the win.
Igesund introduced strikers Tokelo Rantie and Katlego Mashego in a desperate attempt for goals, but they could not find a way through and are now unlikely to advance into the next round of qualifying, where Ethiopia will instead face a two-legged tie against another group winner for a spot at the World Cup, if FIFA do not bring any charges against them.
There will be three rounds of qualifying.The first round sees 24 teams trying to make it into the second round of competition, where there will be ten groups of four teams.
In the third round, the ten group winners play off over two legs to determine who will travel to Brazil.
The first legs will be played between 11-15 October 2013, while the second and decisive legs will take place on 15-19 November 2013.
Third RoundFive of the teams that will contest the play-offs are already known:Ethiopia, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Egypt and Algeria.
The remaining sides to join them will be determined when the Second Round concludes on the weekend of 06-10 September 2013.
03/06/12: South Africa 1-1 Ethiopia
08-12/06/12: Botswana 1-1 South Africa; Ethiopia 2-0 CAR
22-26/03/13: South Africa 2-0 CAR; Ethiopia 1-0 Botswana
07-11/06/13: CAR 0-3 South Africa; Botswana 1-2 Ethiopia
14-18/06/13: Ethiopia 2-1 South Africa; Botswana 3-2 CAR
06-10/09/13: South Africa v Botswana; CAR v Ethiopia
08-12/06/12: Cape Verde 1-2 Tunisia; Eq Guinea 2-2 Sierra Leone
22-26/03/13: Tunisia 2-1 Sierra Leone; Eq Guinea 4-3 Cape Verde
07-11/06/13: Sierra Leone 2-2 Tunisia; Cape Verde 2-1 Eq Guinea
14-18/06/13: Eq Guinea 1-1 Tunisia; Cape Verde 1-0 Sierra Leone
06-10/09/13: Tunisia v Cape Verde; Sierra Leone v Eq Guinea
08-12/06/12: Morocco 2-2 Ivory Coast; Tanzania 2-1 The Gambia
22-26/03/13: Ivory Coast 3-0 The Gambia; Tanzania 3-1 Morocco
07-11/06/13: The Gambia 0-3 Ivory Coast; Morocco 2-1 Tanzania
14-18/06/13: Tanzania 2-4 Ivory Coast; Morocco 2-0 The Gambia
06-10/09/13: Ivory Coast v Morocco; The Gambia v Tanzania
02/06/12: Sudan 0-3 Zambia (Sudan forfeited a 2-0 win for fielding an ineligible player)
08-12/06/12: Zambia 1-0 Ghana; Lesotho 0-0 Sudan
22-26/03/13: Ghana 4-0 Sudan; Lesotho 1-1 Zambia
07-11/06/13: Sudan 1-3 Ghana; Zambia 4-0 Lesotho
14-18/06/13: Lesotho 0-2 Ghana; Zambia 1-1 Sudan
06-10/09/13: Ghana v Zambia; Sudan v Lesotho
03/06/12: Niger 3-0 Gabon (Gabon forfeited a 0-0 draw for fielding an ineligible player)
08-12/06/12: Gabon 1-0 Burkina Faso; Congo 1-0 Niger
22-26/03/13: Burkina Faso 4-0 Niger; Congo 1-0 Gabon
07-11/06/13: Niger 0-1 Burkina Faso; Gabon 0-0 Congo
14-18/06/13: Congo 0-1 Burkina Faso; Gabon 4-1 Niger
06-10/09/13: Burkina Faso v Gabon; Niger v Congo
02/06/12: Kenya 0-0 Malawi
08-12/06/12: Malawi 1-1 Nigeria; Namibia 1-0 Kenya
22-26/03/13: Nigeria 1-1 Kenya; Namibia 0-1 Malawi
05/06/13: Kenya 0-1 Nigeria; Malawi 0-0 Namibia
12/06/13: Namibia 1-1 Nigeria; Malawi 2-2 Kenya
06-10/09/13: Nigeria v Malawi; Kenya v Namibia
03/06/12: Zimbabwe 0-1 Guinea
08-12/06/12: Guinea 2-3 Egypt; Mozambique 0-0 Zimbabwe
22-26/03/13: Egypt 2-1 Zimbabwe; Mozambique 0-0 Guinea
07-11/06/13: Zimbabwe 2-4 Egypt; Guinea 6-1 Mozambique
14-18/06/13: Mozambique 0-1 Egypt; Guinea 1-0 Zimbabwe
06-10/09/13: Egypt v Guinea; Zimbabwe v Mozambique
03/06/12: Benin 1-0 Mali
08-12/06/12: Mali 2-1 Algeria; Rwanda 1-1 Benin
22-26/03/13: Algeria 3-1 Benin; Rwanda 1-2 Mali
07-11/06/13: Benin 1-3 Algeria; Mali 1-1 Rwanda
14-18/06/13: Rwanda 0-1 Algeria; Mali 2-2 Benin
06-10/09/13: Algeria v Mali; Benin v Rwanda
03/06/12: Togo 1-1 Libya
08-12/06/12: Libya 2-1 Cameroon; DR Congo 2-0 Togo
22-26/03/13: Cameroon 2-1 Togo; DR Congo 0-0 Libya
07-11/06/13: Togo 2-0 Cameroon; Libya 0-0 DR Congo
14-18/06/13: DR Congo 0-0 Cameroon; Libya 2-0 Togo
06-10/09/13: Cameroon v Libya; Togo v DR Congo
03/06/12: Angola 1-1 Uganda
08-12/06/12: Uganda 1-1 Senegal; Liberia 0-0 Angola
22-26/03/13: Senegal 1-1 Angola; Liberia 2-0 Uganda
07-11/06/13: Angola 1-1 Senegal; Uganda 1-0 Liberia
14-18/06/13: Liberia 0-2 Senegal; Uganda 2-1 Angola
06-10/09/13: Senegal v Uganda; Angola v Liberia
- 11/11/11: Lesotho 1-0 Burundi
- 15/11/11: Burundi 2-1 Lesotho
- 2-2 on aggregate Lesotho advance on away goals rule
- 11/11/11: Sao Tome 0-5 Congo
- 15/11/11: Congo 1-1 Sao Tome
- Congo advance 6-1 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Chad 1-2 Tanzania
- 15/11/11: Tanzania 0-1 Chad
- 2-2 on aggregate Tanzania advance on away goals rule
- 11/11/11: Eritrea 1-1 Rwanda
- 15/11/11: Rwanda 3-1 Eritrea
- Rwanda advance 4-2 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Swaziland 1-3 DR Congo
- 15/11/11: DR Congo 5-1 Swaziland
- DR Congo advance 8-2 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Djibouti 0-4 Namibia
- 15/11/11: Namibia 4-0 Djibouti
- Namibia advance 8-0 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Seychelles 0-3 Kenya
- 15/11/11: Kenya 4-0 Seychelles
- Kenya advance 7-0 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Comoros 0-1 Mozambique
- 15/11/11: Mozambique 4-1 Comoros
- Mozambique advance 5-1 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Equatorial Guinea 2-0 Madagascar
- 15/11/11: Madagascar 2-1 Equatorial Guinea
- Equatorial Guinea advance 3-2 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Guinea-Bissau 1-1 Togo
- 15/11/11: Togo 1-0 Guinea-Bissau
- Togo advance 2-1 on aggregate
- 12/11/11: Somalia 0-0 Ethiopia (played in Djibouti)
- 16/11/11: Ethiopia 5-0 Somalia
- Ethiopia advance 5-0 on aggregate
- 11/11/11: Mauritius v Liberia
- Liberia advance after Mauritius withdraw