The Somali U-17 team that beat Sudan to progress to the second round of the Caf U-17 Championship will not be taking any further part in the competition after Caf disqualified the team.
The Confederation of African Football (Caf) said the Somalia FA did not respect the decision of CAF executive committee indicating that all the players participating in the U-17 Championship must undergo the age eligibility check by the MRI apparatus (magnetic resonance imaging) as the Somalia players who participated in the match did not perform the MRI test.
Taking into consideration the internal situation of Somalia, Caf gave the FA an extended deadline up to October 4, 2012.
However, no MRI tests were received by that date, prompting Caf to disqualify Somalia and pave way for Sudan to return to the competition.
Consequently, Sudan shall play against Algeria in the 2nd round with the first leg taking place on 19, 20, 21 October 2012 while the second leg shall take place on 2, 3, 4 November 2012.
Meanwhile, in a contrasting development, the world football governing body, Fifa, has stripped Sudan of its 2-0 win over Zambia in the 2014 World Cup qualifier for using an ineligible player.
Fifa has instead awarded Zambia a 3-0 victory and three points for a win. The Fifa disciplinary committee ruled that Sudan were not supposed to use midfielder, Saif Ali in the June 2 tie held in Khartoum because he was suspended for the match.
According to international media reports last evening, Fifa also fined the Sudan Football Association US$6 430. The Chipolopolo now lead Group D with six points from two matches, and Sudan falls to third place with one point. Ghana are second on three points while Lesotho are bottom with a single point. Zambia protested to Fifa after the World Cup qualifier over Sudan’s decision to field Ali, who had been sent off in that country’s last competitive game at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals in Equatorial Guinea.
Ali, who was one of the scorers in the June 2 match, was sent off in the Afcon quarter-final against Zambia which the Chipolopolo won 3-0 in Bata.
The next round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers will resume in March next year. Zambia will kick-off the campaign with an away fixture in Lesotho on March 22 while Sudan will tangle with Ghana. — Cafonline/Times of Zambia.