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Bafana pay for Senegal match

2012-02-28 09:28

Johannesburg - The Senegal football federation (FSF) will make about R1.3 million from its side’s international friendly against South Africa scheduled for Wednesday, February 29 in Durban, a source at the body said on Monday.

Besides the financial gains, the team’s transport, accommodation and feeding will be shouldered by the South African Football Association (SAFA), which has arranged a special South African Airways flight to airlift part of the group from Dakar to Durban. The players flying from Paris, France will come aboard another plane chartered by SAFA, the source said.

Senegal officials say they intend to use the meeting to blot out memories of the Teranga Lions’ disastrous campaign at the just-concluded Africa Cup of Nations, although local critics are questioning the importance of such a hurried move, instead of taking time to reconstruct the outfit.

Currently managed by two assistant coaches Karim Séga Diouf and Aliou Cissé, Senegal will not be parading most of its 2012 AFCON squad, instead, the roster is dominated by players from the Under-23 Olympic team.

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Comments
  • Stan - 2012-02-28 09:45

    We are so bad we actually have to pay people to play with us? Damn!!!

      Españyol - 2012-02-28 11:24

      They could have used that money to scout for a new coach.

      Kgaogelo - 2012-02-28 11:35

      No dude,a team that requests a friendly match usually pays the other countries costs. So if senegal were to request a friendly match against Bafana in Senegal then Senegal will have to carry the costs. That's a rule.

      Bob - 2012-02-28 12:38

      You are right Kgaogelo, but Stan is also right, no team is going invite bafana bafana consequently SA has to pay for teams to play against bafana bafana.

  • miyo27 - 2012-02-28 09:48

    so the national soccer team is that bad that they need to start paying other counties to play them? wow! just shows that racial quotas in sports teams don't mean anything.

      david.lebethe - 2012-02-28 10:13

      White racist government and sports administrators such as Ali Bacher paid to bust cultural boycott. Afterall, it is a world wide phenomenon that a hosting country will always pay appearance fee and other costs to their hosts. So, yes, it wasd expected that Safa was going to bear the costs of the game, the same way that America, Brazil, etc were all here to play against Bafana-Bafana.

  • Francois - 2012-02-28 10:00

    shortest joke ever! "Safa"

  • Duduzile Nkosi Sibeko - 2012-02-28 10:17

    thats just pathetic, they r paying to get their asses whipped

  • Bantu - 2012-02-28 10:29

    Do other countries pay, what's this now, im confussed

  • zaakiro - 2012-02-28 11:11

    Well teams paying match-fees to other countries is nothing new, better teams such as Brazil, Argentina, Spain etc usually ask for a fee of around $2million+. Saying that Senegal are not at their best, this match should serve as a training encounter for both teams, also it seems SAFA is overpaying in terms of chartered flights etc. The cost is usually covered through ticket sales, television coverage, advertising etc. But doubt they will manage to cover it simply because it's Senegal. Usually the likes of Qatar and Kuwait in most recent times have managed to seal deal with Brazil & Argentina to play in their countries which has naturally attracted massive crowds and interest. Another example is Argentina who asked for $3million to play South Africa just before the World Cup, SAFA rejected the fee saying it was too high. Obviously the bigger teams wouldn't pay a fee, but would rather handle cost of accommodation, food and travel within the country for the visiting team. (eg England vs Netherlands) SAFA on the other hand are struggling to attract better opposition and in that regard are prepared to handle all the cost from my understanding. If they come with their best team, and if Moses Mabhida is packed with both teams providing an spectacle then to "some" extent it would be worth the money spent. Although many of those who have little interest in football might feel the money could be spent on something higher up on the priority list.

      charles.singo - 2012-02-28 12:35

      well said dude, u made it clear for most of us, dankie

  • Mashudu - 2012-02-28 11:11

    LOL

  • Jabu - 2012-02-28 12:24

    This +/- R4m cost for SAFA would be recovered if Nigeria soccer team was invited to play with Bafana in JHB. Playing agaist Senegal in Durban will only attrack some bafana fans around the city, while game against Nigeria would also attract soccer lovers from West Africa who riside in JHB.

  • Jabu - 2012-02-28 12:24

    This +/- R4m cost for SAFA would be recovered if Nigeria soccer team was invited to play with Bafana in JHB. Playing agaist Senegal in Durban will only attrack some bafana fans around the city, while game against Nigeria would also attract soccer lovers from West Africa who riside in JHB.

  • Tshepang - 2012-02-29 12:17

    Tjo

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