FIFA Puts To Rest Speculations Zambia Leads Group D

FIFA has put to rest speculations in Zambia that their national team was awarded three points after it emerged Sudan fielded an ineligible player on June 2.

A local football website – bolayathu – disclosed that FIFA had not made a decision on the complaint and FAZ has since affirmed that position.

Speculation emerged in Zambia on Friday that the Chipolopolo had topped Group D after a disciplinary case had allegedly been ruled in their favour.

FIFA responded to the local football website; “The information you send as of this afternoon is not correct. We are not in a position to comment further for the moment, but hope to have more information perhaps later next week.”

Earlier, there was jubilation in Zambia across social media when the unconfirmed reports filtered that Chipolopolo had won their disciplinary case at FIFA and were topping Group D on six points.

According to records, Sudanese player Saif Ali Eldin Adris whose second the second goal in Zambia’s 2-0 defeat was ineligible for the 2014 Brazil Group D match.

The Zambian FA argues that Saif was suspended at the Africa Cup and should have missed the subsequent competitive match.

That gives the Zambians a strong case to win three points from the boardroom but experts are saying the complaints should have been made within some 24 hours of the incident.

There are indications that the Zambians only realized the technical element of the game after the Sudanese media exposed their FA this week.

In confirming the FIFA statement Friday evening, FAZ advised members of the public to disregard unofficial statement that swarmed the social media in the country.

“Contrary to many false reports and allegations circulating on a number of social media as well as some websites, Football House has not received communication of FIFA’s DC,” the FAZ Spokesperson Erick Mwanza said.

“We therefore would like to advise members of the public to disregard these rumours and false reports spreading on many online publications. Once FIFA has reached a decision, we shall be informed of the outcome and subsequently, we shall issue relevant media and public pronouncements.”

Zambia has three points like Ghana but has an unhealthy goal-difference and occupies third position in Group D while Sudan is top on four points with Lesotho at the bottom on one point.
The Chipolopolo beat Ghana 1-0 on June 9 after starting on a shaky 2-0 losing note to Sudan a week earlier.

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