Bafana look at Polokwane

2011-03-03 09:50

Johannesburg - Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane could host the eagerly awaited 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Egypt on March 26, according to Sowetan.   

The match is officially scheduled for Soccer City but SAFA is worried about the state of the pitch at the Johannesburg venue.

Coaches of Orlando Pirates (Ruud Krol) and Kaizer Chiefs (Vladimir Vermezovic) complained about the venue after Saturday's Soweto derby.

The new pitch was laid after the U2 concert three weeks ago with the old one - used during the 2010 FIFA World Cup - taken to new sports grounds adjacent to the stadium.

Another venue, which is under consideration by the authorities for the SA-Egypt clash, is Orlando Stadium. SAFA officials meet on Thursday to finalise the venue.

Stadium Management South Africa boss Jacques Grobbelaar, who manages Soccer City, said the Nasrec facility was ready for the big match.

SAFA communications director Morio Sanyane said, "We will be getting reports and will decide on the venue based on the information given to us."

Sanyane said Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane was busy with final preparations for the match despite a request for a postponement by Egypt.

Egypt wrote to the Confederation of African Football requesting a postponement of the match to June due to the political unrest in their country.

A source close to CAF said Egypt's request will be dismissed because the situation has stabilised in that country after an interim government was installed.

"The match is played in South Africa and not Egypt. Egypt hosted an African Champions League match between Zamalek and Kenya's Ulinzi Stars, there were no problems."

The unbeaten Bafana are topping the log with four points from two matches, while tail-enders Pharaohs have collected only on point from two games.


  • Rampage15 - 2011-03-03 10:08

    What about Cape Town?????

      Tlou - 2011-03-03 12:31


      Will99 - 2011-03-03 13:28

      No Pietersburg isn't the best!

  • crazydude - 2011-03-03 10:09

    Stadium Management SA should fix that damn pitch! Soccer City is the national football stadium and should host this critical match.

  • george.traut - 2011-03-03 10:15

    Soccer City will be much more intimidating than the Peter Mokaba Stadium. Althought, I would love to watch bafana in Cape Town! But I doudt that will happen since we need to take advatage of altitude

  • Vince - 2011-03-03 10:30

    Play the match in Cape Town and change Bafana's name to the Blue Cranes - our national bird

      PureBlack - 2011-03-03 11:35

      I am with you, but I thought our national bird is secretary bird.

  • stinkiri - 2011-03-03 11:03

    Please let them come down to Limpopo.we can`t wait for that game.Bring it on SAFA to Limpopo.

  • myjdjames - 2011-03-03 11:40

    today is the the 3rd. 23 days to go and tickets stil not on sale. been waiting for this game for the past 3 months! any reason why this is so...except the state of the pitch. its ridiculous that tickets are made available so so late.

  • myjdjames - 2011-03-03 11:43

    23 days to go for this massive and i mean massive clash...and tickets arent on sale yet? (or are they) When do they intend releasing them/ what is the normal period of time tickets usually go on sale?Ive been waiting for 3 months now.

  • Vince - 2011-03-03 12:33

    Pureblack, definately the Blue Crane

  • Toy.Dupper - 2011-03-03 13:12

    Come to Nelspruit!

  • Toy.Dupper - 2011-03-03 13:15

    Come to Nelspruit! Bafana's happy hunting ground

      Will99 - 2011-03-03 13:30

      I love watching at Nellies. Will drive all the way from Pta.

  • jonathank218 - 2011-03-03 15:12

    No Bafana must go play in PE Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium....Why is it always Cape Town and JHB?????

      crazydude - 2011-03-03 16:11

      PE does deserve a game, but not this one. PE haven't had a Bafana game since 2009, the longest of all WC host cities, but this is an importent qualifier, and should be played at Soccer City.

  • Paul - 2011-03-03 16:26

    Plk, best option

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