Equatorial Guinea docked points for use of ineligible player

The central African team has been sanctioned by Fifa for using an unqualified player during the 2014 World Cup qualifying

Group B of the African 2014 World Cup qualifying zone was modified on Friday after Cape Verde obtained three more points to also alter the fate of group leaders Tunisia.

This follows Fifa’s decision to award the Blue Sharks a win on paper over Equatorial Guinea from the game previously won by the Nzalang Nacional 4-3. Equatorial Guinea were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player, midfielder Emilio Nsue, who scored a hat trick in the encounter.

Fifa also granted Cape Verde a win in the reverse fixture against Equatorial Guinea for the same reason, but the match had been won by the West Africans 2-1 in any case.

The new development completely changes the standings of Group B, with Tunisia no longer automatically qualified to the next round. They are now ahead of Cape Verde by just two points.

Both teams will meet on September 6 in the final match day of the second round to determine who progresses to the next stage.