the DRC’s appeal delayed for an improbable reason…

the DRC’s appeal delayed for an improbable reason…
the DRC’s appeal delayed for an improbable reason…

A few months following its appeal against Sudan, the DRC said it was confident about the outcome of the case in the context of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers… even if this case was delayed for an astonishing reason…

Last November, the DRC filed a complaint to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after the defeat against Sudan (1-0) for the second day of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup. Winger Jusif Ali, who was then playing his first with the Nile Crocodiles, is accused by the Leopards of having played with a Finnish passport. In other words, the player unemployed since the start of the year was ineligible.

If this accusation were to prove true, the DRC would benefit from a victory on the green carpet (3-0). Which would result in a reversal of its fourth place (7 points) with the leadership chair occupied by Sudan (10 points) just ahead of Senegal (8 points). During a new media release, Dodo Nlandu, the team manager of the Congolese selection, took stock of this issue and expressed his confidence in the future of events.

“I think we will win our case”

“The player was not allowed to play with a Finnish passport. It is therefore a Finnish player who played with Sudan. As it was not a friendly match, the texts stipulate that there is an infringement. For our part, we made a reservation and we had the denunciation noted 24 hours later. The problem was with the IT department of our federation which dragged on. We are in the process of relaunching the denunciation. We are still in the process but as soon as the documents are sent, I think we will win our case. We simply based ourselves on the texts of the regulations”he assured in comments relayed by Leopard Leader Foot.

It remains to be seen whether the setbacks caused by this administrative blunder will not harm the Congolese in this appeal…

An apparently authentic document circulating on the Internet nevertheless attested that FIFA had validated the change of sporting nationality of Jusif Ali at the request of the Sudanese Federation, since November 18, i.e. two days before kick-off Match. If this comes to pass, the DRC’s appeal should be rejected. To be continued…

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