World Cup: FIFA Launches Tunisia, Ethiopia and Togo Probes

The Togo Indomitable Lions have been named in a FIFA probe. (Google Images)

The Togo Indomitable Lions have been named in a FIFA probe. (Google Images)

BBC Africa is reporting that Ethiopia’s win over South Africa in Addis Ababa which should help them reach the African play-offs may be in jeopardy because of three probes being launched by FIFA. The writer reports:

Ethiopia faces accusations they fielded an ineligible player in the 2-1 win over Botswana on June 8 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.

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.

Togo is also being investigated for using an ineligible player in their 2-0 win over Cameroon on June 9.

If the teams are found to be in violation of the charges in the probe, then it will affect their advancement to the playoffs including their position going into the World Cup. Togo has qualified for the World Cup six times.

Read more at BBC Sport.

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