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The Islanders have definitely lost their chance to reach the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup after Fifa upheld its decision in favour of Tunisia

Fifa rejected an appeal lodged by Cape Verde to contest an earlier decision to reduce their points for fielding a suspended player against Tunisia on September 7 in Rades, near Tunis.

The Blue Sharks won the encounter 2-0 but it was subsequently awarded to the Carthage Eagles 3-0 after Tunisian officials complained that defender Fernando Varela shouldn’t have been fielded.

Cape Verdean officials initially accepted the decision but later chose to appeal, which they have lost. Cape Verde were also fined 6,000 Swiss francs (€4,900) by the Fifa disciplinary committee.

However, coach Lucio Antunes, who also works as an air-traffic controller, believes his side will bounce back from this latest shock even stronger.

“It’s very unfortunate that mistake happened but it doesn’t reflect the true strength of our team and we believe we were better that Tunisia even if they won on paper,” Antunes told local reporters in Praia.

“If we can keep up this form then we will return even stronger in future competitions.”

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