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SAFA brush off Bafana snub

2011-08-19 17:33

Johannesburg - Safa president Kirsten Nematandani on Friday brushed aside Egypt's controversial decision to field their Under-23 team in their remaining two African Nations Cup qualifiers.

The move could prove detrimental to Bafana Bafana's chances of making next year's tournament.

"Instead of getting hot under the collar about a move that appears to act in favour of Niger and Sierre Leone, who are in South Africa's qualifying group and still have fixtures against The Pharoahs, we should simply concentrate on beating these two countries," said Nematandani.

Egypt's surprise decision, however, has been viewed as "a blow below the belt for Bafana" by some officials because it seemingly eases the path of Niger and Sierre Leone in the African Nations Cup qualifying race.

After emerging African champions from the past two Nations Cup events, a troubled Egypt have fared so poorly in the current programme for next year's event that they virtually have no chance of qualifying.

They have gleaned a meagre two points from four games.

The Egyptians have now apparently bowed to the inevitable of making an exit following the qualifying stages of the African Cup.

They have seemingly switched their attention to the Olympic Games hoping to qualify for a tournament reserved for players in the under-23 category.

With this in mind, Egypt now intend utilising the African Nations Cup qualifiers to blood their under-23 line-up for the purpose of enhancing their Olympic Games aspirations.

"As I see it there is nothing in the rules we can do to prevent this," said Nematandani.

"But, in any case the Egyptians are not acting in a manner designed to thwart Bafana, but for what they consider is best for their own ambitions.

"We simply have to go ahead and win the matches against Niger and Sierre Leone to ensure Nations Cup qualifying."

SAPA

Comments
  • TypicalDarkie - 2011-08-19 17:43

    this is to make it harder for bafana, it is really quiet simple, we have Niger away and need to just get a draw and a win at home against Sierra Leone, then we home and dry, this is a pathertic attempt by Egypt to furthermore hinder Bafana, but we shall rise above this,

  • Mxhuma - 2011-08-19 18:22

    It does not really cause sleepless nights. To me Egypt is confirming that Bafana has arrived and is becoming a force to be reckoned with. We have taken a whooping 4 points from them. Whether we were winning or losing we have always behaved in a reasonable and fair mannner. We treat visiting teams well. That must not change. Bafana needs to win the two remaining fixtures convincingly and leave the Egyptians with a rotten egg on their faces. How the mighty have fallen. Is this the same country that started most of what is known today as civilization... I had thought that the recent changes at the top were gonna make things better.

  • clivegoss - 2011-08-19 18:58

    Congratulations Bafana Bafana You've got them ducking and diving which means they are afraid of you. Stick it to them

  • crazydude - 2011-08-20 07:15

    Who edits the articles? Egypt have won the last 3 Africa Cup of Nations. I hope this doesn't affect Bafana, and we win our last 2 games and qualify.

  • Tony Nobrega - 2011-08-25 13:48

    We will swiftly sjambok the 2 remaining nations and easily qualify for the AFCON!! I am sure Bafana Bafana will also be bouyed by the fact that AFCON 2013 is coming to Mzansi!!!

  • moeletse.leqela - 2011-08-31 10:22

    this Nematandani guy is corrupt...who was consulted about this puma idea? (I don't like U ugly man)

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