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Sudan v Chad (Replay)

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There I was all set to travel to Khartoum for the World Cup qualifier between Sudan and Chad and then this arrives from Fifa...
In view of the current situation between Sudan and Chad, FIFA has decided to suspend the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ preliminary competition game between Sudan and Chad, which was originally scheduled to be played on 31 May 2008.
In this case the "current situation" is a euphemism for the two countries having closed borders, suspended diplomatic relations and threatened all-out war after Chad-backed rebels fought their way into Omdurman as part of an attempt to take the Sudanese capital earlier this month. In a neat twist the match was also due to be played in Omdurman.


Anonymous | May 29, 2008 8:59 AM | Reply

Hmmm... don't FIFA, the Olympics et al continually harp on about how we should all just kept politics out of sport and if we did the world would just somehow get on.

Anonymous | May 29, 2008 9:09 AM | Reply

There were reports kicking around that Chad was refusing to send its team. http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article27328

So this may be a typical weak-willed Fifa tactic to save face.

What do you think?