Walya Antelopes topple Bafana to World Cup play-off slot

Walya Antelopes topple Bafana to World Cup play-off slot

Walya Antelopes topple Bafana to World Cup play-off slot

After playing in the World Cup in January after an absence of over three decades, the Walya Antelopes of Ethiopia are on the verge of merging themselves with history once again. Ethiopia beat the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 2-1 on Sunday to book a slot in the last stage of Qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

With one match to spare, Ethiopia opened up a five point gap over second placed South Africa, leading Group A with 13 points. Bernard Parker who had scored the first goal before Gataneh Kabede equalized for Ethiopia villain, scoring into his own net in the 70th minute to hand Ethiopia the win.

However, Ethiopia will have to cross their fingers as FIFA has announced that they will be launching investigations into Ethiopia’s 2-1 win over Botswana as they have been accused of fielding an inelligible player.

If FIFA finds Ethiopia guilty, then they will be docked the three points from the Botswana match and this will hand South Africa a lifeline as they will only be two points shy off the leaders with a game to play.

Cameroon and Cape Verde could also be beneficiaries of FIFA’s probes with Togo and Equitorial Guinea also being probed for fielding ineligible players. Togo have been accused of fielding an ineligible player in their win over Cameroon on June 9th while Cape Verde have also been accused of the same in their match against Cape Verde in Match.

Cameroon would move to Top of their group should Togo be docked the points while Cape Verde would also suffer the same fate against Equitorial Guinea, toppling Tunisia from the single play off slot.

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