The President of the Ethiopia Football Federation, Sahilu Gebremariam, has admitted the nation’s team used a suspended player in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
If Ethiopia loses the three points from their win over Botswana on June 8, it means South Africa can still progress.
Gebremariam told BBC Sport that Minyahil Teshome Beyene should have missed the match having picked up two yellow cards in previous qualifiers.
He said, “We’re not going to appeal, it’s a management blunder,” he said. “We have accepted the Fifa discipline issue.”
Fifa, however announced on Sunday they would be investigating whether Ethiopia used an ineligible player. This would mean that Ethiopia are almost certain to lose the three points from the win over Botswana, who will be awarded a 3-0 victory.