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Egypt want SA date postponed

2011-02-21 08:48

Johannebsurg - Egypt want a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa during March postponed until mid-year because of recent political upheaval that led to President Hosni Mubarak being toppled.

The record seven-time winners of the premier Pan-African national team competition are scheduled to play the Group G leaders at an unannounced South African venue over the March 25-27 weekend.

But the political drama in the North African country has prevented any top-flight domestic football being staged for several weeks and a friendly against the United States in Cairo on February 9 was also cancelled.

"The team must have suffered a dip in form after the league was halted so we want to put off the game with South Africa," assistant national coach Hamada Sedki told the respected filgoal.com website.

"We will send a letter to CAF (Confederation of African Football) on Wednesday. We will ask them to play the game in June should they accept our request," he added.

Seeking a fourth consecutive title after final victories in Cairo, Accra and Luanda, Egypt have made a poor start to the elimination phase with a home draw against Sierra Leone followed by a shock loss away to Niger.

South Africa top the table with four points, Niger have three, Sierra Leone two and Egypt one with only the group winners guaranteed a place at the 2012 finals to be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

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Comments
  • lucy - 2011-02-21 09:16

    Mad

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-21 09:22

    This is not CAF's problem just like Togo was banned after being shot at during the last AFCON CUP, Sory Egypt you must play

  • Gore - 2011-02-21 09:30

    This is our chance, they should come and play!!

  • Justinus - 2011-02-21 09:31

    Eish life is not fair!

  • spiderkzn - 2011-02-21 09:55

    No cant do that. Some people already bought ticket and Date is here to stay.

  • Lerato - 2011-02-21 09:55

    We want you now not in June ...we don't care whats happening with your politics but rather organize a camp in a foreign land and prepare for us...we coming for three points shapa bafana shapa..!!

  • fanie.buddha - 2011-02-21 09:59

    If CAF postpone the game then they must also reverse the ruling against Togo, after Togo pulled out of the African Cup of Nations Saturday after three people were killed when the team bus came under fire.

  • lebogang - 2011-02-21 10:25

    I have an advice for SAFA top brass and their spin doctors: Extend your sympathy to the Egyptians BUT do not comment on the merits or demerits of such a request. REMEMBER: that letter (request) is/was sent to CAF and the decision will only be made by them and them ALONE! REMEMBER - NO COMMENT!!!!

  • Flinger - 2011-02-21 12:18

    What does there schedule have to do with politics? Its an excuse, they have noticed Bafanas growth curve and they want to wait till our top players have Euro comitments. Revolting

  • Mutemi - 2011-02-21 12:23

    The Pharoahs are just giving a lame excuse coz recently they havent been playing to expectations. The political turmol in the country must not interfere with the beautiful game of soccer and it is a shame that they first want to sort out their political ground before they engage any team. There have been civil wars, real civil wars, in most parts of Africa and the respective countries have fulfilled their fixtures. However, it is time where CAF has to show its integrity by making the right decision based on facts not silly excuses, because come March the pyramids will collapse and the mummy will run for its life!

  • mupet-killer - 2011-02-21 13:12

    BE FAIR AND ENFORCE QUOTAS ON BAFANA, LET PITSO FEEL WHAT ALL OTHER SA COACHES GO THROUGH.

  • alessandroz067 - 2011-02-21 13:16

    Actually they can do that. They don't want to reschedule because they don't feel like playing, they overthrew the tyrant and need more time. They will probably beat us in any case so i don't see the problem.

      Mxhuma - 2011-02-22 18:43

      Exactly what I was about to say.

  • Thabiso Muzi Radebe - 2011-02-21 15:30

    they must come and play they must not make their problems ours, they were playing a tournament recenlty as part of their preparations and we only played kenya, a totally low ranked team. HEY THE PHAROAS DONT COME WITH STORIES HERE COME NOW...

  • lucy - 2011-02-21 16:01

    do they need psychologists? may be who knows,but really they are just putting an excuse. May be they are the Mubarak camp.

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