Bafana face World Cup lottery

2011-09-16 14:22

Johannesburg - South Africa face the prospect of an uneasy Soccer World Cup lottery in a bid to qualify for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.

This was revealed on Friday by Confederation of African Football (CAF) media director Habuba Suleiman when he disclosed that the 10 teams emerging from earlier qualifying stages for the five places designated to Africa would be paired in a draw.

This means that Bafana Bafana could come against one of the continent's heavyweights like Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt or Nigeria in a home-and-away playoff if South Africa negotiate the earlier qualifying stages.

"This is not good news," said SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani.

"We had hoped to cement a place as one of the top five countries in Africa and thereby avoid the other top teams in a seeded system.

"An open draw will leave everything to chance and we could only hope for the best in the circumstances."

After receiving a first-round bye in the quest for a place in Brazil in 2014, Bafana will face the fast-improving Botswana, Central African Republic and either Ethiopia or Somalia in a round robin second round which will decide the last 10 qualifiers.

South Africa are the top-ranked team in the group and are, therefore, favoured to progress to the last 10.

But with Ivory Coast, Ghana, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal, Tunisia, Burkina Faso and Algeria the other sectional favourites, anything is possible after this.


  • Phumlani - 2011-09-16 14:41

    Well, if you want to be the best you have to beat the best. I'm sure Bafana can do it. Good luck Boys.

  • Johan Fourie - 2011-09-16 14:50

    How sad it would be if Ivory Coast were drawn against Ghana and only one of those two could make the finals. Imagine a similar system in Europe, with Germany drawing England to reach the finals. This is a perfect way to ensure that not the five best African teams are represented at the finals.

      thabo.tebele - 2011-09-16 17:19

      Spot on,and wec are supposed to be watching only the best teams in the world cup.

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-09-16 15:00

    What lottery?

  • Valis - 2011-09-16 15:10

    Hahahaha! The only way SA can qualify for a World Cup is by being the host nation! Whahaha!

  • Fred Marais - 2011-09-16 15:48

    Maybe SAFA could use this opportunity to show how much they are spending on youth development ? We are weak by international standards, and don't deserve to qualify.

      sipholess - 2011-09-16 17:55

      SAFA's Youth development strategy............Barefoot on a cabbage patch. This organisation is run just like the SA goverment run the country..............scoop what you can as quick as you can.

  • StaalBurgher - 2011-09-16 16:30

    Yet ministers spend all their time bleating about what rugby is doing wrong?

      crazydude - 2011-09-16 20:51

      This is not SAFA's fault. Imagine if the IRB decided to put SA, NZ, Aus, England and France in one pool at the Rugby World Cup. That would be bad for all 5 teams, but wouldn't be caused by any of them.

  • lenand40 - 2011-09-16 23:55

    I do not get this. How do you expect to qualify as one of the Top 5 teams without beating the top teams? Really man!!

  • mmoledis - 2011-09-17 14:28

    We need to win games ourselves and not to base our luck on other teams to do the job for us to qualify, so Bafana Bafana must do the job themselves we do not want any stories that there was this and that if so team and so team could have done this and that we could have qualified, no no no we need to do things our selves and not depend on other teams, we have to do like Botswana did a wonderful work they did themselves without relaying on any team. Let Bafana Bafana resemble the 1996 class as a country we are hungry to see and enjoy those moments again they must follow the steps of rugby national teams and cricket and make us proud let them take a dressing from Mabokoboko, they really represent the country with their hearts at all they are real patriotic.

  • kgalifi - 2011-09-19 15:34

    not to say i'm racist or what but did you realise that where the is makgowa the is always great achievements, it's a fact. but my question is why not we blacks? you watch boks yah they very good, you watch cricket they very good, swimmers very good, but you watch bafan damn very poor why why why

      john white - 2011-09-20 10:18

      o setlaela sane!! have u thot of hw many contries paticipate in soccer rugby and cricket? u knw hw many times in rugby and cricket the same countries play each other in a space of two years or year? = about 4 times and as for soccer hw many times hav we played uruguay and hw many times boks played all blacks/australia etc? u r such a dumb black!!!

  • thuthuka sandile - 2011-09-21 12:40

    if you want 2 be da best u hve 2 bt da best ....... this is da soocer at it best , it high time 2 invest money where it need 2 be used ......... nt dis ntning of claiming we a da best....

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