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Safa waiting on FIFA's Ethiopia decision

Ethiopia beat SA 2-1, ending their chances of going to Brazil - but this development could change things.

FILE: South Africa's midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala (L) runs with the ball to score the opening goal during their Group A first round 2010 World Cup football match on June 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto. Picture: AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE

JOHANNESBURG - The President of the South African Football Association (Safa), Kirsten Nematandani, on Monday told Eyewitness News that they'll wait patiently on FIFA's decision on the Ethiopian Football Association.

The world governing body will investigate the Ethiopian FA for allegedly fielding an ineligible player during a World Cup qualifying match.

In their match against Botswana last week, they allegedly fielded a player who should have sat out with suspension.

On Sunday Ethiopia beat Bafana Bafana 2-1 to end their chances of going to Brazil, but this development could see them back in with a chance.

Nematandani said they'll keep a close eye on proceedings.

"We'll wait until they finalise the process and if the result is us still being in the race and if it's not positive then we've played the game."

FIFA also opened disciplinary proceedings against Togo and Equatorial Guinea.

There are a number of options open to Bafana and it's possible they could be docked the 3 points.

If that were to happen it would leave Ethiopia on 10 points in Group A, Bafana on 8 with one round of fixtures remaining.