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The East African nation's chances of securing a slot for the Brazil event are up in smoke after FIFA found them guilty of fielding ineligible player

Sudan's chances of securing a slot at the upcoming 2014 World Cup were severely dented after World Governing body FIFA stripped the East African nation off three points for fielding an ineligible player in the ongoing qualifiers.

On arriving at this judgment, an official communique by the Zurich based body said it had "investigated and found out" that Saif Ali, should not have played the game against African champions Zambia in Khartoum (which Sudan won 2-0), as he was serving a suspension after receiving two yellow cards in previous competitive matches.

FIFA thereby declared that 'the match had been lost by forfeit by Sudan' awarding Zambia a 3-0 victory and three points. The Sudan FA has also been fined an equivalent 500,000 KES (USD 6,430).

This development severely alters the standing in Group D with Zambia now leading with a hundred percent record after two games while Ghana Black Stars are second, three points adrift. Lesotho and Sudan are joint bottom having amassed a single point in two games.