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Bafana happy with SWC draw

2011-07-31 18:56

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane said that he was happy with the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw but warned that they should not take their three opponents lightly when they meet.

In the draw that was conducted on Sunday evening in Rio de Janeiro, Bafana were given a fairly easy passage to the tournament that will be staged in Brazil.

In Group A they have Botswana, the Central African Republic and the winner of the Somalia and Ethiopia preliminary round match.

The 2010 World Cup hosts have steadily climbed up the world rankings in the last year despite dropping two places to 49th in the world in the latest figures released by FIFA last week.

"It is a fair draw, but something we cannot take for granted," said Mosimane.

"I am happy with the draw and also confident that we can do well.

"Make no mistake though, it's not going to be easy because the level is higher here, so we have to double our efforts to make it to Brazil."

Mosimane noted that Botswana were the first country to qualify for next year's Africa Cup of Nations set for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, and that the Central African Republic have had an impressive run during their qualifying campaign and are on the verge of a historic first major tournament participation at the expense of more favoured Morocco.

"Botswana is a threat and their current form in the AFCON qualifiers is proof of that," Mosimane said.

"The Central Africa Republic is a surprise package and if they go unchecked they could cause us a problem and have also done well in their difficult group.

"Ethiopia recently drew with Nigeria, so they can't be taken lightly and could be a tough customer."

The African teams were divided into 10 groups for qualifying matches that will start next year in November with Bafana one of the seeded teams.

The winners of these groups will advance to the next round of knock-out matches where five will qualify for Brazil.

African zone draw:

Group A: South Africa, Botswana, Central African Republic, Somalia or Ethiopia

Group B:Tunisia, Cape Verde Islands, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea or Madagascar

Group C: Cote d'Ivoire, Morocco, Gambia, Chad or Tanzania

Group D: Ghana, Zambia, Sudan, Lesotho or Burundi

Group E: Burkina Faso, Gabon, Niger, Sao Tome e Principe or Congo

Group F: Nigeria, Malawi, Seychelles or Kenya, Djibouti or Namibia

Group G: Egypt, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Comoros or Mozambique

Group H: Algeria, Mali, Benin, Eritrea or Rwanda

Group I: Cameroon, Libya, Guinea-Bissau or Togo, Swaziland or Congo DR

Group J: Senegal, Uganda, Angola, Mauritius or Liberia.

SAPA

Comments
  • Investor - 2011-07-31 19:08

    How can any coach say they are happy with a draw ? Did malema train this clown ?

      Bob - 2011-07-31 21:23

      You've got no idea what is going on.

      TypicalDarkie - 2011-07-31 23:08

      no but sounds like Malema trained you, he is happy with the draw because the teams we are facing are not the strongest sides in Africa and we have been placed in an "easier" group

      Makhutha Cibulele - 2011-08-01 08:34

      @ Investor Peter De Velliers trained him

      SOOTHSAYER - 2011-08-01 09:17

      I wonder who's risking his money with U .......... English, English, English ......... Mr Visagie surely is yo friend!!

      Singata - 2011-08-01 09:48

      Invester read the article and understand the content before you comment, is a draw for the fixtures ahead not the outcome of the game.

      BraVusi - 2011-08-04 16:13

      Investor u didnt read the article.u just read the Headline.I think you were still thinking of the draw me had with the number 1 team in Africa.the farros

  • HagenDan - 2011-07-31 21:09

    Brilliant, Investor. Wow. Please do not reproduce. Jose, we have no idea what will happen, as track records at present are rather meaningless when it comes to the 10 group winners being drawn against one another. South Africa has already beaten Egypt and Ghana recently so there's no saying we can't do it again or overcome the likes of Nigeria over two legs. Anything can happen in football obviously, but the fact that we won't have to deal with any of the favourites in the group stage is a bonus!

      TypicalDarkie - 2011-07-31 23:25

      well said HagenDan, we just have to focus on topping the group and then deal with whoever we are paired with when the time arises

  • ANTIZIONIST - 2011-07-31 23:24

    Please don't have the "PROTEAS" attitude....don't win before you even played !!!!...hope Malema can teach them some cricket !!!

  • mfiko1 - 2011-08-02 23:19

    tht z a very good drw ever happened hope tht boys wil nt under-estimate, we realy need to re-instal the 1996 history. go boys we behind u...............masb emthatha

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