Ethiopia lose only three points
Bafana Bafana's Anele Ngcongca (right) in action against Ethipia in Addis Ababa. Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana’s World Cup 2014 lifeline was confirmed on Thursday as Fifa punished Ethiopia for fielding an ineligible player against Botswana in a qualifier in Gaborone on June 8. Fifa, as expected, awarded Botswana a 3-0 win from a game they had originally lost to Ethiopia 2-1, and fined the Ethiopian Football Federation 6000 Swiss Francs.
And Safa accepted Fifa’s decision, backtracking on any claims that Ethiopia might have had another three points overturned. Ethiopia thought they had qualified for the World Cup 2014 play-offs with that win over Bafana in Addis, but Group A has now been thrown wide open, with South Africa, Ethiopia, and Botswana now all able to qualify.
It was never in doubt because rules are rules, so in our view it is a correct decision,” said Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. But I am very pleased with the outcome,” said Igesund.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Post