Bafana star hurting over fiasco

2011-10-10 14:21

Johannesburg - Stand-in captain Siphiwe Tshabalala was downbeat following South Africa's AFCON 2012 qualifying failure at the weekend.

Bafana Bafana, who are appealing their elimination, thought they had secured tickets to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon after drawing 0-0 with Sierra Leone on Saturday night.

The result left them, the Leone Stars and Niger level on nine points in Group G, with Bafana enjoying a superior goal difference.

However, CAF rules state in the case of stalemate, the team with the best head-to-head ratio prevails, paving the way for Mena's progression.

And Shabba, skippering Bafana in Steven Pienaar's absence, admits the news came as a blow.

"From what we knew, we knew we had qualified, but now we are all disappointed to hear we haven't," he said in the Cape Times.

"It's disturbing that we heard of the rule only after the game," he added.


  • shrink - 2011-10-10 14:39

    its very disturbing Mr Tshabalala, processional footballer as you claim to be.

      Limpopoist - 2011-10-10 14:59

      You are so right PROCESSIONAL footballer,I never seen their professionalism in football since before 1998. Saturday game was worse normally stupid game ,full relying on egypt game results,Khune no1 moemishi of the all in the last 10 minutes of the game.

  • Blk afrkaner - 2011-10-10 14:44

    SAFA want to change the rules which were there before the qualifier started, SAFA, the coach and his technical team did not do their homework. "Regarding Group G, Niger, South Africa and Sierra Leone have all finished tied on 9 points each, with Egypt bottom of the group with 5 points. In such a case, when two or more teams are equal on points, article 14 of the competition regulations applies as follows: 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 concernedteams; 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." Therefore, in application of rule 14.1 CAF has considered only results of matches between the concerned teams, i.e. Niger, South Africa and Sierra Leone (discounting Egypt as the bottom team with 5 points - hence not concerned anymore), resulting in the following ranking based on 4 matches played by each teams concerned: - Niger: 6 points - South Africa : 5 points - Sierra Leone : 5 points.

      lenand40 - 2011-10-10 15:06

      SAFA is embarrassing us. They should stop this challenge immediately

      1stcase - 2011-10-10 15:12

      Since we are second dont we then qualify as best 2nd place team?

      msimanga - 2011-10-10 15:29

      There is nothing confusing about these rules.

      Leviathan - 2011-10-10 16:58

      @Blk afrkaner Well said

      shrink - 2011-10-10 17:24

      1stcase......the case here is some better competing teams in this competition had more than 9 points and those are the ones considered for best second place, i think BAFANA didn't know that either

  • shrink - 2011-10-10 14:46

    no dude.......professional not processional

  • sizwemqobo - 2011-10-10 15:01

    Forget the chance takers, we need someone who can tell us about this rule and how it got omajayivana (bajayiva bajayiva) eliminated

      Sgazolo - 2011-10-10 15:19

      Ya Bajayiva Bajayiva soma Waar.. If the rule was for S.A to play qualifiers for the 2010 WC, We wouldnt have made it with this type of play. I doubt we'll make it to 2013 and 2014... SeKhuknunye, the less said the better

  • remnant - 2011-10-10 15:20

    SAFA has Really let South Africa Down.@SAFA its time for LESS YADA YADA and more work work.

  • SOOTHSAYER - 2011-10-10 15:23

    The only thing U needed to do f$%k$rs is to win the game @ home, U should have taken the game to Ellis Park, ningasiphapheli nge Mbombela Stadium apha!! fact is U were going to embarass us anyway at Equatorial Guinea .................... U were going to toyi toyi & demand more money for playing in the CAF ......... then, ask bonuses for qualifying into the second round!! am not Glad U did not qualify .......... but God works in strange ways

      lumbani ganyali - 2011-10-11 11:33

      It doesnt matter whethr it was Ellis Park or anywhere. These guys must learn to win home games. Even this last game in Mbombela, if they had played to win we would have qualified, but they were clearly playing for a draw, hoping Egypt was gona "help them". I have never seen such lack of committment and patriotism in a national team.

  • Nelson - 2011-10-10 15:27

    Bafana Bafana should have beaten Siera leon in order 2 qualify,now we r paying the price for their poor performance.

  • Honestly - 2011-10-10 15:58

    "Bafana Star.." Who, and where is the "star" in this team?

  • James121 - 2011-10-10 16:09

    How could they not have known the rules before hand. Ridiculous. The management should be fired. What a joke, if you see the money thrown at SA football in comparison to other african countries, its a joke. Overpaid and underperforming.

  • Thabani - 2011-10-10 16:24

    Sorry Shabba. You are also a failure. As the captain, you should have known all the rules of this tournament. This rule was put in place some years back. If you remember in 2006 world cup, Angola went to the world cup ahead of Nigeria because of that same rule and Nigeria never complained. Check that group again. Angola had a goal difference of +6 yet Nigeria had a goal difference of +14. The head to head results were as follows between the concerned teams.Angola 1-0 Nigeria and Nigeria 1-1 Angola. Angola had 4 pts while Nigeria had 1. It didn't matter that nigeria had a better goal difference by far. That the rule Khume, Pitso, Nematandani and other. Group 4 Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Angola 10 6 3 1 12 6 +6 21 Nigeria 10 6 3 1 21 7 +14 21 Zimbabwe 10 4 3 3 13 14 -1 15 Gabon 10 2 4 4 11 13 -2 10 Algeria 10 1 5 4 8 15 -7 8 Rwanda 10 1 2 7 6 16 -10 5 Good luck SAFA for you appeal, but you won't win this case. Also note that the same rule is applied for the Euro 2012 as well. So we can't cry now. The reason for this rule is to curb the issue of match fixing were a team will need to win by a certain number of goals. Therefore, back to back eliminate bribery of certain teams. we had in the past some teams winning by a very wide margin on their last games. So this is fair. Hand up to Egypt and Sierra Leone for fair play

  • OLIBO - 2011-10-10 16:41

    If Bafana Bafana were the beneficiaries of the same rule would they challenge it? I smell some hypocrisy here. The truth is that we are not good enough and most african teams have far developed in terms of football than us. We think because we had resources to buy the world cup (we would not have qualified for 2010, had it not been as a host) we are better than our african brothers and sisters. Any football association, coach or captain who does not know the rules of a continental competition the country is participating in, does not deserve that position, never mind going to the worl cup in Brazil. Finish en kllaar1

  • aml - 2011-10-10 16:44

    Rules are rules. If you can't read or understand, just too bad. What was so embarrasing was the song and dance at the end of the game. Get over it! Ask Polly in the world cup against Sri Lanka in Durban. The poor boy also could not add properly. Sorry Guys, better luck next time (Please develope a striker!!!)

  • BILLAS - 2011-10-10 17:24

    Tshepo Pitso must resign and safe safa and the whole country from dissapointment, by the look of things we wont even make it to brazil 2014 as long as mosimane stil a coach.

  • BILLAS - 2011-10-10 17:32

    Pitso is not de right man 2 lead bafana his a failure 2 de whole nation he must resign and save himself and safa from dissapointment we wont make 2014 brazil as long as pitso is stil de merntor of bafana bafana

  • geewiz - 2011-10-10 17:51

    How embarrassing! You don' know the basics of your trade??? What are you doing then, apart from kicking a round ball in a park? Shouldn't you actually know your way around the place? YO-YO-YO-YO-YO-YOOOOOOOO! @shrink: for a moment I thought the edyoucachien system got to you,with the spelling there, but you are spot-on! These guys are not professional, but PROCESSIONAL: moving all over the place doing nothing.

  • Jacobson - 2011-10-10 21:52

    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

  • OneDayIs One - 2011-10-11 09:41

    I do not see any stalemate because Bafana have better goal difference.

      V-GIN - 2011-10-12 09:50


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