Johannesburg - South Africa's slender hopes of earning a ticket to the 2014 Soccer World
Cup look even less likely after FIFA revealed Ethiopia may in fact not
be guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
According to the Football411 website, Bafana Bafana's 2-1 defeat to the Walia Antelopes last week left
Gordon Igesund's men five points off the pace at the top of Group A with
just one round of qualifying fixtures remaining.
A glimmer of hope had been handed to SA, though, after Ethiopia's
Minyahile Beyene played against group rivals Botswana and then Bafana,
despite reportedly having been serving a suspension, prompting the
South African Football Association to contact FIFA over the claims.
However, world football's governing body have revealed Beyene may
not have broken any rules, with a statement reading: "A match
suspension is regarded as no longer pending if a match is retroactively
forfeited because a player took part in a match despite being
That, though, is not the final word as another aspect of the
confusion comes in with regards to the player's fine, where an unpaid
bill could see a match-ban remain in place until the fine is paid up.
"If a suspension is combined with a fine, the suspension may be
prolonged until the fine has been paid in full," the statement