11 Oct 2012

Sudan forfeit World Cup football qualifier against Zambia

3:20 pm on 11 October 2012

Sudan's 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over Zambia has been overturned by FIFA's disciplinary committee and a 3-0 win awarded to the Zambians instead.

FIFA says in a statement that Sudan, also fined 6,000 Swiss francs, had fielded an ineligible player in the match on June 2nd. Sudan have lodged an appeal.

The decision means that African champions Zambia, who have never qualified for the World Cup, went top of African Group D with six points from two games, while Sudan, who had led the group, dropped from first to third with four points.

It is also a blow to 2010 World Cup quarter-finalists Ghana, who lost 1-nil to Zambia on June 9 and have three points from two games.

Zambian media reports said that Sudan's Saif Ali, who scored the second goal, should not have been playing due to suspension.