FIFA is delaying the highly anticipated disciplinary case involving Sudan and Zambia in which the former fielded an ineligible player during a Brazil 2012 World Cup qualifier on June 2, a local football website reports.
Bolayathu.com reports that Zambians are anxiously waiting for a decision in their favour although indications suggest the complaint was filed out of time and therefore it is void.
The matter was scheduled to be tabled before a disciplinary committee hearing today but was not part of the agenda with FIFA saying; “it will take a bit of time.”
FIFA said the case was not part of today’s agenda due to insufficient information available.
“This item was not on the agenda of the disciplinary committee meeting of today [Friday, June 22, 2012]. At the moment, FIFA is looking into the matter and expecting to receive more information, so it will still take a bit of time,” the world mother body’s media department states.
Zambia is hoping to jump into Group D leadership with a bonus point decision following an administrative lapse on the part of Sudan who fielded an ineligible player.
Chipolopolo lost 2-0 but its FA was clueless about the Sudanese gaffe and only learnt of the development after that country’s media exposed the anomaly by which time the FIFA stipulated time frame for complaints had long expired.
Sudan lead Group D with four points while Ghana is second with three points, same as Zambia, but the Blacks Stars enjoy a superior goal difference.
Lesotho is bottom of the table at one-point. The next series of the qualifiers will be played in March 2013 with Zambia travelling to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho.