Bafana to face 'top team'

2011-07-01 14:25

Johannesburg - The SA Football Association (SAFA) is not overly concerned about Nigeria's controversial withdrawal from next month's friendly game against Bafana Bafana, according to SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani.

"We've got what is arguably an even more attractive African line-up in store for Bafana on the same date (August 10)," Nematandani said on Friday.

"I'm not releasing any names, after the Nigerian experience, before everything is 100 percent tied up.

"But the country with which we have reached an advanced stage of negotiations has a higher ranking than Bafana and contains a number of exciting, world-class players."

The SAFA boss said providing Bafana with stern opposition in the warm-up match before their crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September and October had been viewed as a priority.

"We immediately took steps to secure the best possible replacement after Nigeria had backed down from and earlier commitment," he said.

Nematandani added that SAFA did not intend to pursue any action against Nigeria for reneging on the decision to play Bafana in preference to a game against Ghana in London on the same date.

This despite the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) having let down South Africa in similar circumstances in the past.

"We received an apology from the NFF in which they stated their players, who are mainly based in Europe, felt playing in England instead of making a longer trip to South Africa was a more agreeable proposition," Nematandani said.

"It's hardly a satisfactory reason after you have already made a commitment, but I think it reflects the problems the NFF might have more than anything else.

"From Safa's point of view, however, we would rather look forward instead of harping on the Nigeria issue and seeking to redress it through some form of compensation, or a complaint to FIFA."


  • Sandile - 2011-07-01 14:33

    Swaziland?? LOL

  • Anup Jalota (Wannabe) - 2011-07-01 14:36

    We want bafana in durban

  • nangamso1 - 2011-07-01 15:05

    Nigeria are not a top team either so lets drop this bull that we were snubbed by them and look elsewhere not failures when last did Nigeria won something.

      Sipho - 2011-07-01 15:16

      Yes Nangamso1 you're right and Kirsten must not hide that they have Senegal and they need to play this game in Cape Town on the 10 August, Nigeria dropped SAFA because they are coconuts brown outside white inside, how on earth can SAFA arrange a game with an African country to play in a European country, wake up SAFA, no European country had ever played a friendly with a European country in any African country

      King Msendi - 2011-07-01 15:18

      Maybe when Jay Jay was playing for under five squad…

  • Sipho - 2011-07-01 15:29

    Kirsten when you were elected I said the Oliphant era of being the president of Banyana Banyana has ended and new chapter has started please keep it that way and now you have a excellent CEO Majavu but all in all please treat the Bafana Bafana fans fairly by arranging the game her ekhaya

  • commissioner - 2011-07-01 15:44

    Cote d'Ivoir, Egypt, Ghana or Burkino Faso please!!!! and let them play at Bloemfontein or Cape Town

      vambozha mutemi - 2011-07-01 23:27

      hey Ghana is playing Nigeria

  • YES - 2011-07-01 16:37

    The problem with Nematandani led administration is that they think Bafana-Bafana is a top squad in the continent. The fact, that we hosted a big soccer event in the World does not necessarily mean we are big nor do best facilities make us a best team in the continent. If we were, then we shouldn't be running helter-skelter looking for a replacement as every country in the continent will be scrambling to play against Bafana-Bafana. All Nematandani and Co should make sure is that we are a force to be reckon with in the region and then conquer the whole of the Continent. All that we should learn from Nigerian experience is that we are still minnows insofar as African football is concerned and have to work hard to convince other countries in the Continent. Nigeria and other power houses in Africa are probably snubbing us for relying too much on Europeans than our own backyard. It goes to show, that our football administrators are sick in their minds.

      Zukisani - 2011-07-02 23:42

      i would scrap the "minnow" part and rather go for a "team that fell from grace,but recovering" because if you assign the word minnow to any team that means they have nothing to show, just in case you have forgotten we have dominated this continent before, so calling us minnows is disrespectful

  • Winston - 2011-07-01 17:38

    Not too worry sir, Nigeria or " spuitieland " as we call it, would have had their asses handed to them anyway...

  • TypicalDarkie - 2011-07-01 20:58

    The teams ranked above Bafana: Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, we can count Ghana and Nigeria out, and dont think they would bring Egypt again, so its Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, please let it be Côte d'Ivoire....

      vambozha mutemi - 2011-07-01 23:28

      its Burkina Faso

      Zukisani - 2011-07-02 23:47

      they said world-class players, now not to be disrespectful to Senegal and burkina faso i know they have good players playing in France,but "world class" excludes them immediately and leaves Drogba and company on top of the list

  • kahuru1 - 2011-07-02 03:28

    Why even trust that a Nigerian will keep his promise?

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