FIFA again punishes a national team by intruding into a local federation affair.
The general assembly of the Ethiopian football federation voted to get rid of their president Dr Asheber Woldegiorgise in January and replace him with Ahmed Yasin because of the dismal record of the national squad. FIFA and CAF did not recognize the change because the EFF had failed to notify them about this meeting. A plan was drawn up to reinstate Asheber. EFF rightly rejected FIFA's intrusion.
"Fifa officials have taken a hasty decision before properly assessing the facts and documents submitted by us," the EFF said in a statement.
"Their decision was biased and one-sided."
The matter was not resolved to FIFA's liking and they suspended Ethiopia in July. Now, Ethiopia forfeits its four qualifying matches. Rwanda and Morocco are favourites to go through to the third stage.
Its getting to be a pattern. Can you say double standards?