Sudan will appeal a FIFA ruling stripping them of a win over Zambia for fielding an ineligible player in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Sudan Football Association announced they will exhaust all legal avenues to reclaim the three points because they did not receive any official notice that defender Saifeldin Ali Idris was ineligible to play in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in June.
Sudan featured Saifeldin in a 2-0 win over Zambia in a Group D qualifier on June 2 in Khartoum.
Saifeldin was earlier suspended in his last competitive match prior to that game following his sent-off at the 2012 Africa Cup in a 3-0 quarterfinal loss Zambia on February.
“SFA confirms they did not receive verbal or written notice by FIFA or CAF preventing him (Saifeldin Ali Idris from involving the player in the mentioned game,” SFA stated.
“SFA will follow all legal avenues to recover the Sudan rights in this case.
“Based on our confidence in the validity of our legal position, we have to appeal a decision to the Discipline Committee issued on the fourth of October 2012 and the recipient via DHL on the eighth of October 2012.
“Today- Tuesday 9th October 2012, we have sent to the appeals to the Disciplinary Committee of the Federation International de Football Associations (FIFA).”
Zambia were third in Group D prior to the ruling on three points, level with second placed Ghana and one less than Sudan after two matches played.
On the back of the FIFA ruling against Sudan, African champions Zambia are now top of their qualifying group for Brazil 2014 on six points, three more than closest rivals Ghana.