The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday said it had rejected an appeal by Sudan against a decision to award Zambia a 3-0 win in an African Cup of Nations qualifier because the Sudanese fielded a suspended player.
In a statement, the CAS said it had confirmed fully the October 2012 decision by FIFA's appeals body that Sudan were in the wrong when they capped the suspended Eldin Ali Idris Farah.
Sudan fell foul of the African and world football federations' rules over the June 2012 qualifier at home in Khartoum in which they beat the visiting Zambians 2-0.
Farah was suspended because he had been sent off in the away leg in Zambia that February, but Sudan claimed they had not been properly informed about the sanction.
The CAS rejected that argument, saying that Sudan had indeed been informed by the Confederation of African Football and that in any case the likelihood of suspension was self-evident in a sending-off.