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FIFA suspends Sudan, disqualifies clubs

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FIFA on Thursday suspended Sudan because of alleged government interference in the management of the country’s football federation, resulting in the disqualification of national teams and clubs engaged in continental and international competitions.World football’s governing body took this measure after the Sudanese minister of Justice dismissed the elected president of the Sudan Football Association (SFA), Mutasim Gaafar Sir Elkhatim, on June 2 and replaced him with Abdel Rahman Sir Elkatim.

Following FIFA’s decision, the three Sudanese clubs still engaged in the CAF inter-club cup, including Al Hilal and El Merreikh (Champions League) and Al Hilal Obeid (Confederation Cup) have been disqualified.

In the Champions League, the disqualification of Al Merreikh (2nd, 7 pts) and Al Hilal (4th, 4 pts), who were going to play their last group matches on Friday, benefits the other two teams in Group A, Etoile Sahel of Tunisia and Ferroviaro of Mozambique.

In the Confederation Cup, the pill is also hard to swallow, since for the first time in its African campaign history, Al Hilal Obeid managed to validate their ticket to the quarterfinals.

In the AFCON 2019 qualifying round, the national team, which lost to Madagascar (1-3) last month, is also disqualified. They were slated to play their second match in Group in March 2018 against Equatorial Guinea.

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