ROAD TO BRAZIL 2014:FIFA TO SPARK A COMEBACK FOR THE INDOMITABLE LIONS OF CAMEROON.

Thunderbolt in Group I as Cameroon could just simply need a draw against Libya to go to the third round of the African zone for the 2014 World Cup qualification.

The Hawks may smile no more
The Hawks may smile no more

According to FIFA, Togo had fielded an ineligible player during the match between Togo and Cameroon played June 9, 2013. FIFA confirms that disciplinary proceedings have been undertaken against the Togolese Football Association for fielding an ineligible player during the qualifier for the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.

fifaIn a full press release of FIFA, on Sunday, June 16, 2013: FIFA confirms that disciplinary proceedings have been initiated against member associations for fielding an ineligible player in qualifying for the World Cup Brazil 2014. The Ethiopian Football Federation have fielded an ineligible player during the match between Botswana and Ethiopia played June 8, 2013. The Togolese Football Federation have fielded an ineligible player during the match between Togo and Cameroon played June 9, 2013. Disciplinary proceedings were also initiated against the Federation of Equatorial Guinea football for fielding an ineligible player during the match between Equatorial Guinea and Cape Verde played on 24 March 2013.

The Disciplinary Committee of FIFA recently ruled on this issue. The Football Federation of Equatorial Guinea has appealed this decision to the Appeal Committee of FIFA. The procedure is in progress. Disciplinary proceedings against three member associations fall under Article 55 of the Code of the FIFA Disciplinary and Article 8 of the Rules of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014

Disciplinary proceedings against three member associations fall under

FIFA book of truth
FIFA’s book of truth

Article 55 of the Code of the FIFA Disciplinary and Article 8 of the Rules of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014. FIFA states that in these cases

Section 55 of the Code of the FIFA Disciplinary
Article 55: Non-qualifying

1. If a player takes part in an official match when he is suspened, his team will be sanctioned by forfeiting (art. 31) and pay a fine of at least  6501 US DOLLARS.

2.If  a player takes part in a friendly match as he was not qualified, his team will be sanctioned a package and pay a fine of at least 4501 US DOLLARS.
– Article 31: Package

1. A team sanctioned  for fraud is deemed to have lost the match 3-0.

2. In case of difference of greater goals achieved on the ground, the result is maintained by Article 8 of the Rules of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014
 

Article 8: Qualification of players

1. Each association shall be the representative team for the FIFA World Cup taking into account the following:

a) All players must have the nationality of the country of the relevant association and subject to its jurisdiction.

b) All players must be selected in accordance with the FIFA Statutes, the Regulations Implementing the FIFA Statutes and any other applicable regulations of FIFA.

2. Claims relating to the qualification of players are the responsibility of the Disciplinary Committee in accordance with the FIFA Disciplinary Code, (cf. art. 14, al.3 of this Regulation).

3. Associations are required to fielding only eligible players. Any failure to do so will result in the consequences outlined in the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

Lions determined for Brazil
Lions determined for Brazil

From the above, it clear that if Togo is found guilty Cameroon would automatically get the three points from the June 9th 2013 match. It will bring Cameroon to the top of Group I with 10 points and require only a draw in against in Yaounde aginst to be second place Lybia on nine points. For the moment dear Cameroonians lets keep our figers crossed while awaiting Fifa’s final decision in the days ahead.  How fortune sparks up an almost faded team. ALLEZ LES LIONS!!!

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