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SAFA elated with historic year

2014-11-17 19:14
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Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (SAFA) is ecstatic following their triumphant year as all the national teams achieved the 'impossible' since the country was re-admitted back into global competition codes in 1992.

The four SAFA teams consists of the National under-17 (Amajimbos), under-20 (Amajita) and Bafana Bafana have qualified for all CAF tournaments set for 2015.  

SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi highlighted all the national team successes in this calendar year to Sport24 in an exclusive interview on Monday.

The Amajimbos will be participating in the African Youth Championships (U-17) in Niger and also the Amajita will be in Senegal for the same tournament (U-20).

Bafana’s 2-0 win over Sudan on Saturday handed them a golden ticket to the 30th edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Equatorial Guinea for the first time since taking part in the 2008 tournament  held in Ghana.

"It has been a great year for SAFA," Chimhavi told Sport24.

"I’m saying this because four of our national teams have qualified for every CAF tournament that will be on offer next year.

"Firstly, the national under-17 team beat Egypt in their back yard to qualify for the African Youth Championship to be held in Niger.

"Banyana Banyana overcame all the odds to qualify for the African Women Championships which were held in Namibia.

"Shakes Mashaba guided the under-20 team to the African Youth Championships to be played in Senegal too.

"And to add a cherry on top of that, for the first time since 2008 Bafana Bafana have qualified for the AFCON to be held in Equatorial Guinea and with still a game to play.

"This is a historic year for us and it has never happened before.

"The president (Danny Jordaan) and his national executive committee members are all happy with the success of 2014."

Chimhavi also hinted that the 2014 progress by those national teams will be a confidence booster as far as achieving their vision for the year 2022 is concerned.

"This also shows us that we are definitely on the right track to achieve our goal for 2022.

"We want all South African teams to be a power force both in Africa and globally.

"By 2022, we want Bafana Bafana to be to be ranked in the top 3 in Africa and also in the top 20 in the whole world

"This is exactly what the NEC members and the president want in the near future and it has to start now."


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