Friday, August 02, 2013

Fifa moves Ethiopia and Senegal World Cup qualifiers

(Aug 02, 2013, (BBC))--Fifa moves Ethiopia and Senegal World Cup qualifiers. Ethiopia's crucial World Cup qualifier away to Central African Republic in September has been moved to neutral Republic of Congo, the Ethiopian Football Federation said on Wednesday.

Football's world governing body Fifa took the decision because of security reasons after after CAR's president was overthrown this year. The final Group A game match has been relocated to Brazzaville. Fifa has also switched Senegal's decisive final Group J game against Uganda to Morocco because of the ban on Senegal's main football stadium. Both games are scheduled for 7 September.

Ethiopia now must win to guarantee its progression to Africa's 10-team play-offs for next year's World Cup after it forfeited a victory over Botswana for fielding an ineligible player earlier in the competition. 

A draw could be enough for the Ethiopians depending on the result of South Africa's game with Botswana on the same day. Ethiopia, who have never been to the World Cup, leads the group by two points ahead of the final round after the point totals were readjusted when Ethiopia was stripped of the Botswana win by Fifa. Read more from BBC »

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