World Cup: Fifa probe puts Ethiopia and Tunisia progress in doubt

first_imgEthiopia and Tunisia’s progress to the final round of African World Cup qualifying are in doubt as Fifa opened three probes into player eligibility.On Sunday, Ethiopia beat South Africa 2-1 in Addis Ababa to seemingly reach the African play-offs from.Tunisia believed they had gone through too but Fifa are considering an appeal from Equatorial Guinea, that would affect the points in Group B.Togo are also to be investigated with ramifications for Group IFifa rules state a guilty teams “will be sanctioned by forfeiting the match”.Ethiopia face accusations they fielded an ineligible player in the 2-1 win over Botswana on 8 June in Group A.If they are found guilty it would hand a lifeline back to 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa. Should Ethiopia forfeit that victory against Botswana then South Africa would only be two points behind going into the final group matches in September.Those game see South Africa host Botswana, while Ethiopia travel to face Central African Republic.The president of the Ethiopian Football Federation, Sehilu Gebremariam, is still confident his side can progress.“This is shocking news – but the point is that we are still leading the group, we believe that we shall still qualify for the next stage,” he told the BBC’s Newsday programme.“We are scrutinizing the situation and we will give information to Fifa and to the public.” He said they would be consulting the coaching staff to get their views on the situation before reacting further.Football’s world governing body is also investigating Togo and Equatorial Guinea for the same reason.Tunisia’s progress is on hold as Equatorial Guinea allegedly fielded an ineligible player in their 4-3 defeat of island nation Cape Verde in March.Fifa says they recently ruled on that matter and that the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations co-hosts have appealed the decision.The Carthage Eagles drew 1-1 in Equatorial Guinea on Sunday to seemingly book their place in the play-offs, but a technical victory for Cape Verde would change the complexion of Group B. Should island nation Cape Verde receive the points from a match they originally lost it would lift the islanders up to nine points – just two behind the North Africans.Tunisia host Cape Verde on the final day of the current qualifying stage.Group I could also change as Fifa also look into whether Togo used an ineligible player in their 2-0 win over Cameroon on 9 June.The Indomitable Lions, who are six-time World Cup qualifiers, now stand to gain the three points should the Togolese be found guilty.Such a scenario would move Cameroon, who currently trail Group I leaders Libya by two points, a point clear in the table. The West Africans host Libya in what is both sides’ final encounter in September.last_img read more

2014 COPA Lagos: Ghana to face Nigeria

first_imgThe 2014 COPA Lagos Invitational tournament opening match will see  debutants, Ghana’s Beach Soccer team, the Black Sharks (ranked 10th in Africa) face the might of Host nation Nigeria who are ranked 3rd in Africa on December 12.The annual beach soccer festival organized by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), has seen African beach soccer Champions like Senegal, European giants Germany and five times world champions Brazil all take turns to thrill beach soccer fans in the previous three editions in the Nigeria capital.Founded in 2011, COPA Lagos is organized under the scope of the BSWW Tour – the FIFA-recognized entity behind the creation and growth of Beach Soccer. In addition to the international dimension, the event aims to have a strategic role in developing beach soccer in Nigeria.Day 2 of this year’s event will see the Black Sharks pitch themselves against Switzerland before playing neighbors Ivory Coast in the last round robin game. The three-day event will be the prime family event that celebrates every sphere of life ranging from music, fashion to entrepreneurship and sports – a complete package for every member of the family.With an influx of new talents from the league, the Black Sharks stand to benefit immensely  from should they partake in the event billed to kick off on December 12.Ranked 71st in the world, Ghana’s only previous show in a continental competition came at the 2013 African Beach Soccer Championships in Morocco where they lost to the hosts and Madagascar and Senegal but managed to score six goals. Other Side Attractions for this year’s competition include Fc Barcelona locking horns with Pepsi Football while Enyimba take on Stationery Stores.last_img read more

New meeting of B&H junior handball players

first_imgMale junior handball national team of B&H will meet tomorrow in Grančanica within the third phase of  preparations for their performance at the World Championship, which will be held by the end of June in B&H. During the five- day preparations, B&H juniors will attend the Gračanica handball tournament which will be held on the 12th and 13th of January.The  Junior World Handball Championship will be held on the 14th and 28th of July in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Zenica and Ljubuški. Twenty four national junior teams will compete at this Championship. All twelve participating teams of the Junior  World Handball Championship have gone through their qualifications and all twelve have qualified for the Championship. B&H will compete at the  Junior  World Handball Championship as the host, together with the European champion  of Spain, vice-champion of Croatia, Slovenia, Holland, Sweden, Hungary, Denmark, Germany, France, Switzerland and Russia. Four teams from Africa and Asia will also compete at this Championship, as well as two representatives from Oceania, South and North America.The official group will be announced by the end of April in the Headquarters of IHF in Basel or Sarajevo, and all teams will be divided in four groups that will consist of six national teams. B&H junior handball team will play in Sarajevo or Zenica.This is the list of all players invited to the meeting in Gračanica: Damjan Šarić, Petar Trišić, Enes Sirćo, Haso Ćosić, Ivan Miličević, Josip Ereš, Muhamed Zulfić, Anes Bečić, Ivan Milas, Tarik Kasumović, Nemanja Bezbradica, Josip Perić, Stefan Janković, Said Ajkunić, Dejan Malinović, Petar Bubalo, Elmir Građan  and Damir Halilković.last_img read more