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Sudan appeal Fifa ruling


KHARTOUM — Sudan have lodged a formal appeal to Fifa over decision taken upon them by the world soccer governing body on Monday.

The body cracked its whip on Sudan and stripped them of their 2-0 over Zambia and awarded the African champions the three points and three goals after the home side fielded Saif Eldin, who was not eligible for the game.

Sudan Coach Mohammed “Mazda” Abdallah said that they were waiting on the ruling.

“They said we fielded an ineligible player Saif Eldin which we can’t deny we did.

“But it was a hard-fought win and we don’t deserve to be striped of our points after we put up a fight,” he told

“The federation has lodged an appeal with Fifa and we are waiting their response on this. The reason for fielding an ineligible player could be down to miscommunication because we didn’t receive an official communication from them that the player was suspended for the game.”

He also revealed that they will continue with their tradition of participating in the Cecafa tournament.

“We have always participated in Cecafa and that won’t change. We will be there for the tournament once again this year.

“This competition has always helped us in terms of giving young players exposure and gaining experience to play for the national team.”

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