Nematandani salutes Bafana

2010-10-11 06:57

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association president Kirsten Nematandani has congratulated Bafana Bafana for a hard fought draw against Sierra Leone on Sunday.

Nematandani also expressed regret after the SABC could not televise the African Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Sierra Leone in the capital Freetown.

“We are happy with the results that our team has achieved, but at the same time disappointed that the football loving South Africans were unable to watch the gallant efforts of our boys on television when they played to a goalless draw with Sierra Leone. It is a regrettable inconvenience and the South African Football Association will stop at nothing to ensure that we don’t experience a similar fate in future," said Nematandani.

" South Africans always look forward to seeing Bafana Bafana in action; it gets even more desperate when the team plays away from home. We can’t afford to disappoint millions of passionate Bafana supporters; and as result we need to meet the SABC and find a solution because we have a series of away fixtures in our calendar;” said Nematandani.

Bafana Bafana remains top of the group with four points after a goalless draw with Sierra Leone in Freetown.

Coach Pitso Mosimane’s men won their opening fixture of the African Cup of Nations by beating Niger 2-0 at the Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit last month.

The team will arrive in Johannesburg on Monday (11 October 2010) at noon.


  • MZEKE - 2010-10-11 07:29

    Well done to the boys. A draw away is always better. I'm behind you all the way

  • Samson - 2010-10-11 08:01

    Thank you very much guys.The result is good.

  • Steve - 2010-10-11 08:07

    Absolute crap. Saluting them on a draw. Obviously the standards that are set for Bafana are low. Is that beacause they also are crap?

  • ian - 2010-10-11 08:13

    Well done guys. NOW if we can SABC to honour their contracts.

  • Tana - 2010-10-11 08:26

    Don't give them a false sense of accomplishment yet. Congratulate them when they actually do win. We might loose to Egyp and not qualify. There is still that chance, you know.

  • Gee - 2010-10-11 08:54

    Eish a draw..! i don't think dats good results, remember that egypt drew with Serra Leon, so they still hungry for points and when they face Bafana, they'l be even more hungry so... i think its too early to give any congrats to da boys.

  • Banana Banana - 2010-10-11 08:58

    Steve, you've got is spot on! To be saluted as a hero in this country you need to be an under/non-performer. The actual heros are Sierra Leone as they have managed a draw with a weakened team against the very best of SA. Stuff everything up and we will honour you! So pathetic!!!! The SABC must become Bafana's main sponsor.

  • Banana Banana - 2010-10-11 08:59

    Steve, you've got is spot on! To be saluted as a hero in this country you need to be an under/non-performer. The actual heros are Sierra Leone as they have managed a draw with a weakened team against the very best of SA. Stuff everything up and we will honour you! So pathetic!!!! The SABC must become Bafana's main sponsor.

  • Nthlarhi @Steve & Tana - 2010-10-11 09:05

    Playing away in Africa especially against poor nations such as Siera Leone is always a difficult task believe me! It's easy for you to blame the team for failing to collect maximum points. Those countries try by all means to firstly beat you psychologically before the match is played. Can you belive that Bafana had to be ferried by a boat to the stadium? That alone is quite scaring considering that most Bafana players have never been in that kind of mode of transport. Think before you condemn them!

  • Max The Mixer - 2010-10-11 09:09

    Is drawing against a lowly team like SL an achievement ? IF Bafana aspires to reclaim its status as one of the powehouses of Africab football they should have no problem disposing of run-of-the mill sides like SL. No Mr Nematandani there is nothing to celebrate here. Actually we should see this as a failure. Egypt will come here and moer us in our backyard and it will be back to square one cos we know if they beat us here they are capable of winning all their remaining matches.And we still have to travel to Cairo and Niger. I say to you this result is nothing to celebrate.

  • Harold - 2010-10-11 09:34

    A draw may not be good enough in the end. We must do better than what Egypt would do against these inferior opponents. We should be beating lesser teams like SL.

  • simps - 2010-10-11 09:46

    disappointed with SABC, i would have love to see the game but well done boys.

  • Lawrence - 2010-10-11 10:07

    Steve and co' you can go and crap yourself, we as patroitic SA citizen we dont need your short sided comments, am mean really everybody except you bunch of idoits knows how bad are the conditions in SL, i salute Bafana for fighting so gulantly and get the results we sa are proud of, as for all you football expect wannabe, i say STUFF you!!

  • Phira - 2010-10-11 10:10

    Well done boys. we r top of the group and Egypt has lost to Niger so good news for Bafana - SABC you dissapointed the fans big time

  • why why - 2010-10-11 10:11

    every country we travel to in africa will be hostile and the conditions will be uncompromising, a very good egypt team has already found out the wrong hard see the problem is the other countries love coming to s.a we soo welcoming anf friendly, we give 5star treatment and beautiful playing conditions,hence they come beliving they can beat a draw against a weak team is bad VERY BAD,when you think that egypt away and home will be a battle.

  • Bafana Supporter - 2010-10-11 10:14

    The boys did well to draw yesterday, the Egypt you guys are all afraid of lost to Niger yesterday, we need to focus on winning our home games and not loosing any away games, so far so good keep it up boys

  • skinzo - 2010-10-11 10:28

    A draw is not a good/bad result esp if its 0-0 but thus far we are still on course is just that our players need to understand that a win is nothing but a guaranteed place in AFCON @BB play to win nothing but win if you carry that mentality you reap awesome results. WIN WIN WIN & WIN nothing but WIN what makes us black to always suffer setbacks is we always settle for less and always have excuses when one fails to pocket a win we must always WIN and have a devil may care attitude to life in that we will achieve a lot and win on everything WIN a draw is nothing but a STRESS...

  • jose' - 2010-10-11 11:02

    Bafana and Pitso did well 2 grap a point away and at the momement Bafana are the best team we ever had and as for me i think the boys got what it takes to compete against any team and still give good soccer and good results keep it going boys and big ups to Pitso and the technical team .As for SABC T.S.A( THIS IS AFRICA) be prepaired for things like that.

  • tone - 2010-10-11 12:40

    People i think its best that before u render n opinion just try n get the facts. In my opinion i wud nt say that Bafana Bafana r heros but 1 needs to consider the playing conditions. If you remove Gau train off the rail it will nt be as fast as we knw it, I gas wat i'm trying to say is that it was impossible for Bafana 2 play thier normal passing game due to the field conditions. I'm perplexed by those who keep on refering to the FIFA ranks, I mean if ranks counts so much hw did we beat France coz they were ranked amongst the top 10. I'm nt entirely happy with saturday's results bt as they say a slice of bread is better than nothing and 1 thing for sure Bafana Bafane r gonna top this group.

  • @steve - 2010-10-11 13:45

    lol...give the guy a break, Bafana are still building after the terrible decade, I still remember @ one point they were strugling to beat Botswana, a point away from home is not bad,and we are on top of the group.

  • Baret - 2010-10-21 13:15

    @ Steve@nothing - U idiot dont understand SA football - they way it is from the way it was, these praises r coming from improvement. Bafana are always goping uo on FIFA rankings and u tell me if that is not improvement..we are not talking about Brazil or Spain ..we are talking abt study our soocer very well interms of where we come from to here and start using ur brains

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