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stripped of three points in World Cup
qualifying by Fifa yesterday for fielding an
ineligible player, handing South Africa a
lifeline for next year's tournament in Brazil.
Fifa said Ethiopia forfeited its 2-1 win in
Botswana on June 8 because Minyahile
Beyene played in that game when he was
suspended for receiving two yellow cards in
Fifa has awarded the match to
The sanction means Ethiopia is now only
two points ahead of South Africa and three
ahead of Botswana and not guaranteed a
place in Africa's final playoffs for the World
Cup ahead of the final round of Group A
games in September.
Fifa's disciplinary committee also fined
Ethiopia's federation US$6,348.
The Ethiopian Football Federation is
unlikely to appeal the punishment having
already admitted that Minyahile should not
have played in Botswana.
Minyahile was allowed to play because
of an administrative blunder where officials
"forgot" he was suspended, the federation
Ethiopia penalised 3 points in bid for World Cup appearance
NEYMAR LEAVES HIS MARK AND
GIVES BRAZIL HOPE FOR 2014
RIO DE JANEIRO---Ney-
mar finally came
through for Brazil,
proving his worth to
the world and showing
Brazilian fans that he
has what it takes to lead the nation-
al team at the World Cup next year.
The 21-year-old Neymar was voted
player of the tournament at the Con-
federations Cup and was decisive in
Brazil s 3-0 victory against Spain in
Sunday s final at the Maracana Stadium.
He arrived at the World Cup
warm-up tournament enveloped in
doubt after a series of lacklustre per-
formances with the national team,
but is leaving acclaimed both in Brazil
and abroad. The Confederations Cup
marks the coming of age for Neymar,
giving him his first title with Brazil s
senior team just before he makes his
much-anticipated move to European
football to join Barcelona.
"It turned out to be even better
than I expected," Neymar said. "I m
really happy to have played well and
that the Selecao came out with the
title in the end."
Neymar has been touted as the
future of Brazilian football for some
time, but until now he hadn t been
able to replicate his club success with
the national team, raising doubts
about whether he could be considered
the player carrying Brazil s hopes for
a world title at home next year.
Neymar was among the players
loudly booed by more than 50,000
Brazilian fans after a disappointing
draw in a friendly with Chile just two
months ago. He had been mediocre in
the other two competitions he played
with Brazil, the 2011 Copa America
and the 2012 Olympic tournament.
"I m really happy with the way
things happened," Neymar said. "I hope
it can continue like that, but I have to
take it one tournament at a time."
Neymar was named man of the
match in four of the five Confedera-
tions Cup matches, including in the
final at the Maracana. He was in the
move that led to Brazil s first goal by
Fred just two minutes into the match,
then scored the second with a pow-
erful left-footed strike from inside the
area and set up Fred s last goal with-
out even touching the ball.
He also made the move that led to
Gerard Pique s red card in the 68th,
forcing the defender to commit a foul
to stop him from breaking through for
what could have been an easy goal.
Neymar had scored remarkable
goals in each of the team s first three
matches in the warm-up tournament
among continental champions, finish-
ing with four in five matches.
But before Neymar is back with
Brazil for the World Cup, he will have
another challenge at hand in Spain.
Within a couple of weeks, he will be
reporting to Barcelona, joining many of
the players whom he beat on Sunday.
"It was an honour to play against
them," Neymar said. "Obviously it s
going to be a big change, but it s for
the good, I m joining one of the
greatest teams in the world, a team
with great players, so I m happy and
I hope to adapt as fast as possible
and then play really well in the World
Cup next year." (AP)
Brazil's Neymar poses with the golden ball trophy, left, Confederations Cup trophy, centre,
and the bronze boot trophy after the football Confederations Cup final match against
Spain at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. Brazil won 3-0. AP PHOTO
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