Bafana Bafana

SAFA brush off Bafana snub

2011-08-19 17:33
Kirsten Nematandani (Gallo Images)

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."

Read more on:    afcon  |  kirsten nematandani  |  johannesburg  |  bafana


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 103rd Tour de France is all systems GO! Follow the pain, struggles and ultimate joy as the world's best riders put their talents to the test over 21 stages.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

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