Bafana Bafana

Mosimane lauds CAF decision

2011-09-14 11:12
Pitso Mosimane (AFP)
Johannesburg – Bafana Bafana coach, Pitso Mosimane has lauded the Confederation of African Football‘s (CAF) decision to kick-off the last round of the AFCON qualifiers simultaneously.

Bafana will need nothing less than a win over Sierra Leone and for Egypt to stop Niger from winning for them to progress to next year’s tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Egypt have been accused of allowing South Africa’s other Group G rivals an easier qualification path by not fielding their strongest squad possible and opting to give their Under-23 players an opportunity at senior level. The practice is not illegal in accordance to CAF regulations, rendering Bafana’s claims redundant.

However, playing the matches at the same time would minimize any sort of other influences teams and officials may have in determining the results of matches.

“You wouldn’t want the other team playing the match knowing exactly what they require, so I think this decision makes sense. It is very fair and it will help us to focus fully on our game against Sierra Leone,” Mosimane told Wednesday’s The Star.

Although Mosimane prefers the match to be played on the night of October 8, it would mean that Egypt would have to agree on playing the match at the same time. If no agreement can be reached, CAF will intervene and determine a time and date for the matches to kickoff.

“Playing at night suits us better, because we are able to get a big crowd and impose our game. But if somehow we are forced to play in the afternoon, I have no problem with that. The good thing is that we will be playing at the same time as Niger,” said Mosimane.

Mosimane believes that Egypt will do the job against Niger and that is confident that if Bafana succeed in beating the Leone Stars, that it will be enough to secure qualification.

Read more on:    afcon qualifying  |  pitso mosimane
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Fans rally behind Mashaba

2014-10-23 15:13

-

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route

The route of the 2015 Absa Cape Epic has been announced and it promises to be as challenging as ever!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

4 exercise excuses and how to beat them
Watch: Insane road bike skills!
The most extreme journey ever?
Red Bull Lionheart trail run - not for the fainthearted!
Fixtures
15 November 2014
South Africa v Sudan, Mbombela Stadium 15:00
19 November 2014
Nigeria v South Africa, Uyo International Stadium 17:00
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

What is the reason behind Bafana Bafana's recent success?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.