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SAFA confident in appeal

2011-10-10 18:42

Johannesburg - South Africa have declared they are serious about protesting against their African Nations Cup elimination as the fallout from a botched weekend qualifying game gathered momentum on Monday.

South Africa lost out in a three-way tie in their qualifying group with unheralded Niger taking top spot because of a better head-to-head record when Bafana Bafana thought that goal difference was the deciding factor.

They are pressing ahead with their legal bid to try to overturn their failure to qualify for next year's finals, although critics have accused them of putting forward a flimsy argument to cover up their embarrassment.

"We are going ahead with an appeal to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) because we think we have a case," South African Football Association (SAFA) chief executive officer Robin Petersen told reporters.

Petersen said goal difference is a fairer option than head-to-heads and that there is past precedent to overturn the standings, even though the rules had been set out by CAF some time before the qualifiers even started.

Coach Pitso Mosimane informed officials on Monday he had read the rules before Saturday's last qualifying game against Sierra Leone in Nelspruit but misinterpreted them, Petersen told Reuters.

The coach was called in to explain why he played for a 0-0 draw in a game that South Africa needed to win irrespective of the result in the other group match, where bottom side Egypt beat Niger 3-0 in Cairo.

The games were played simultaneously on Saturday.

Niger led both South Africa and Sierra Leone by a single point going into the weekend's last round of qualifiers but when news that Niger were trailing in Cairo reached Mosimane, he told his players to play for a draw believing it would be enough to qualify.

There was exaggerated timewasting in the final minutes followed by scenes of celebration before South Africa discovered they had botched the permutations.

A CAF spokesman said a South African protest would be looked into but refused further comment.

Mosimane, who took over as South Africa coach after the country's hosting of the 2010 World Cup, has taken the brunt of vitriolic condemnation on radio talk shows and across social media with a majority of fans calling for his dismissal.

Reuters

Comments
  • naromi@24.com - 2011-10-10 19:38

    losers... take it like men.

  • Mokotjo - 2011-10-10 20:58

    he had read the rules before Saturday's last qualifying game against Sierra Leone in Nelspruit but misinterpreted them. THEN, WHOSE FAULT IS IT? NOW, WE LOOK LIKE THE MOEMIESHES OF THE CENTURY. I NEARLY FAINTED WHEN SEEN BOYS BOYS LOWERING THEIR PACE AND SETTLING FOR DRAW INSTEAD OF SAILING ON FOR THE WIN THEY DESERVED. EGYPT MADE THEM LOSE THEIR GAME. OHHHH!!!!!! MISINFORMATION NEH? UNPROFESSIONALLY FAKING THE INJURY, JUST TO KILL TIME>>>>>> SA'S no. 1 KEEPER....... THE MEDIA????????? WORSE THAN MOEMIESHES. AS THEY ALSO, SAID YA YA YA BAFANA BAFANA ARE THROUGH WITH GOAL DIFFERENCES. HE, HE, HE, HE, BLA, BLA, BLA..........ETC ETC WHAT ELS????????? F**************************K

  • Charger - 2011-10-10 21:01

    Moemish of the Week....Bafana bafana always rely on mathematical equations which in this case back fired in their faces. Khune thought he did SA a favour with his unsportsmanlike conduct and his Oscar award winning time delay tactics but still manage to do the "bok jive" afterwards.Tantrum throwing Pitso made a fool of himself and the team by loosing his cool thinking he was a toddler throwing his toys out of the cot.May this be a big lesson for bafana bafana..play to win and not rely on other countries to do you a favour. I say get rid of the name Bafana bafana and get rid of this incompetent coach .He has clearly shown that he buckle easily under presure....

  • bobbythebozo - 2011-10-10 21:20

    SAFA have no case.... who the hell is giving them legal advice?

  • FewDneegraw - 2011-10-10 21:33

    Hello SAFA lets fire Kirsten. For failing to utilise all the 2010 World Cup money to employ a technical bench that can read rules. Lets fire Pitso for being a confused cry baby who blames everything else but himself. Every time Motsimane loses he blames the jungle in Africa. He said the same thing when he lost to Sierra Leone. Pitso on Saturday you lost in Mbombela in South Africa which for most of its citizens apparently is not part of Africa. Africans from poor Niger knew the rules while you from wealthy World-Cup-hosting South Africa didn't. South Africa's wealth seems to make most of its citizens bigheaded (except for Tutu). Had Pitso been white he would have been labelled racist. For an African man this disparaging attitude about the rest of the continent is a manifestation of self-hate as illustrated by Steve Biko. Pitso go convince SAFA to take Bafana to the Europe or Oceania leagues where you can compete with fellow Europeans or Australians-like the Springboks have done. Obviously you wont have a chance of qualifying for anything there. Such silly sentiments about the rest of the continent are only heard from South Africans. The Arabs do say negative things about Africa but never through an official such as the National coach. Pitso needs to apologise to the continent otherwise he should be fired! klaar! Bafana failing to qualify a second time just tells you to take a leaf from Tutu; Make that big head much much much smaller. then you may qualify for something.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-10-10 21:34

    ITS SAFA

  • Jacobson - 2011-10-10 21:49

    What kind of moron play for a draw when you can win.­ cautional option is to win irrespective of the result­ from other match. And he had the gail to say African is­ a Jungle, his action and reaction is a sign of jungle­ mentality. The rules were put in place to discourage­ such deliberate playing for draw-syndrome. That is why­ last day much are played simultaneously to avoid a team­ playing for a draw. it makes the game boring and­ nonconpetetive. The coach should be fired. First it is­ job to understand the rule thoroughly, not rely on­ radio pundit and bloggers to influence his action. My­ Verdict: he is a $hitY coach. sack him

  • bynet.mukanya - 2011-10-11 10:12

    Whatever SAFA is appealing for and against they themselves know. But they should remember that lawyers are lawyers they will always tell you, that you we will win, because there is a technicality even if you kill someone. But according to the CAF competion rules which i copied below, I donot think besides embarassing ourselves we have a case. Our media also don't inform us well enough the BBC report that soon after the match that according to their calculations NIger have qualified, but our SABC crew was in unison congradulating the team together with their so called analyst. The classification of the teams of the group matches shall be applied according to the following system of points: • 3 points for the winner • 1 point for a draw match • 0 point the loser 6 Article 14 In case of equality of points between two or more teams, after all the group matches, the ranking of the teams shall be established according to the following criteria: 14.1 Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams; 14.2. Best goal difference in the matches between the concerned teams; 14.3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the concerned teams; 14.4. Greater number of away goals scored in the direct matches between the concerned teams; 14.5. Goal difference in all the group matches; 14.6. Greatest number of goals scored in all the group matches; 14.7. A drawing of lots by the Organising Committee of CAF.

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