Bafana prepare for Egypt

2011-02-23 10:21

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana are going ahead with their preparations for the crucial March 27 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Egypt in Johannesburg, turning a blind eye to The Pharaohs' postponement request, reports the Sowetan.

This is according to coach Pitso Mosimane, who has been spending sleepless nights devising strategies to beat the reigning African champions in the 2012 Afcon qualifier.

The Egyptians will send a request to the Confederation of African Football today, asking for the match to be postponed until June.

They will base their request on the premise that their preparations were affected by recent political unrest in the North African country.

But some experts would argue that The Pharaohs are looking for an excuse because their training camp was not affected by the protests. The situation in Egypt is back to normal after President Hosni Mubarak relinquished power.

"We want to play the match as scheduled and our preparations are continuing until we get information from CAF," said Mosimane yesterday.

"There are almost five weeks to go before the match is played, I don't see why it should not be played because everything is back to normal in Egypt."

A senior CAF official told Sowetan on Tuesday: "Their request is going to be dismissed on the basis that the match is played in South Africa and not Egypt."


  • AjaxFiko - 2011-02-23 10:46

    Fair enough!

  • Lerato - 2011-02-23 11:06

    I say so too!!

  • rpjacquesc - 2011-02-23 11:27

    Agreed, Egypt know that Bafana are starting to show some decent form and are just looking to stall as their team is struggling...

  • spiderkzn - 2011-02-23 11:32

    Well said

  • scott - 2011-02-23 11:37

    put the quota system on bafana and let pitso feel what all other sa teams go through. be fair. if all teams need to be representative of the nation, then so to must bafoona.

      george.traut - 2011-02-23 11:41

      How is this relevant to the article? The best team plays. End of story.

      Damien - 2011-02-23 12:03

      @george... do you really believe thats the best team we can come up with... yes they playing well at the moment, apart from 1 or 2 of them, the rest are all still playing for themselves ! now one can hardly call bafana a team based on that !!!

      Tseleng - 2011-02-23 12:47

      @scott, wrong forum go to politics where all your racist friends are here there is no voting DA.

      milestonemoss - 2011-02-23 14:15

      Wrong forum,try clicking on the rugby link on the top on your screen..Where you and your bitter bafoona's spew your racist vile...

      zayzo10 - 2011-02-23 15:38


  • Keaobaka - 2011-02-23 12:45

    Egyptians are getting cold feet, the thought of coming to play Bafana in our own back yard scares them alot, CAF must do the right thing and allow the match to continue as planned, the match is played here in SA not in Egypt.

  • Lehana - 2011-02-23 14:46

    Ubuntu Gents, let's give them a chance to celebrate their new found freedom. They can't avoid us forever, we don't want them to come up with excuses.

  • traedani - 2011-02-23 14:49

    These oaks are playing mind games...Comematch day they will be ready like never before.....

  • dibaga.t - 2011-02-23 16:31

    the match should be played or they must forfeit and give us 3 points and true 5 weeks left hai this people are crazy we are playing the match.

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