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Cape Verde appeal to CAS over World Cup expulsion

ZURICH (Reuters) - Cape Verde have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over the FIFA ruling which resulted in them being kicked out of the World Cup qualifying competition. The Lausanne-based tribunal said on Tuesday it had registered the protest, although it could not yet give a date for the hearing and decision. Cape Verde, who beat Tunisia 2-0 away to finish top of African Group B, forfeited the match after FIFA ruled that defender Fernando Varela had been ineligible to play.

Cape Verde fairytale turns into World Cup nightmare

(Reuters) - Cape Verde's fairytale progress to the last round of African World Cup qualifiers turned into a nightmare on Thursday when FIFA found them guilty of fielding an ineligible player and turfed them out of the competition. Their place in the final round playoffs will be taken by Tunisia, who the Cape Verdians had sensationally eliminated at the weekend to win their group with a shock 2-0 win in Tunis. Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul quit in the wake of the embarrassing setback.

Football: Cape Verde punished, Tunisia given World Cup reprieve

Tunisia have been given a World Cup reprieve after FIFA on Thursday punished Cape Verde for fielding an ineligible player in World Cup qualifying. FIFA revealed in a statement that Cape Verde had been found to have fielded defender Fernando Varela in last weekend's 2-0 win away to Tunisia in Rades. That win allowed Cape Verde to finish top of Group B in the second round of African qualifying for next year's World Cup in Brazil, a point clear of Tunisia.

Soccer-Ecstatic Cape Verde ready to dance despite setbacks

By Miguel Pereira FARO, Portugal, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A series of player withdrawals has failed to dampen the party mood for Cape Verde who make their debut at the African Nations Cup (CAN) finals next week in South Africa. The archipelago nation in West Africa with a population of 500,000 is still ecstatic at becoming the smallest country to ever reach the finals thanks to a shock 3-2 aggregate win over four-times winners Cameroon in a playoff in October.

FACTBOX-Soccer-African Nations Cup finalists Cape Verde Islands

Jan 9 (Reuters) - Factbox on African Nations Cup finalists Cape Verde Islands ahead of this year's tournament in South Africa from Jan. 19 to Feb. 10: Previous appearances in African Nations Cup finals: none FIFA world ranking Dec. 2012: 69th
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