Jordaan warns Bafana

2011-08-01 18:11

Johannesburg - A favourable initial-round draw in the World Cup qualifiers will provide a ray of light for Bafana Bafana to gain a prized place in the 2014 tournament in Brazil, SA Football Association (SAFA) vice-president Danny Jordaan said on Monday.

The prospects, however, would become a great deal darker at the end of the qualifying tunnel, Jordaan warned, with a possible tie against the likes of the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt or Cameroon.

"The opening round for Bafana against Botswana, ranked 71st in the world, Central African Republic (89th) and Ethiopia (139th) or Somalia (191st) could not have emerged much better," Jordaan said.

"But when it comes to the final hurdle, in which the 10 remaining countries will be vying on a home-and-away basis for the five World Cup places allocated to Africa, Bafana could end up playing one of the other seeded nations."

Jordaan said it had not yet been clarified how the Confederation of African Football would pair teams for the final qualifying segment, but the likelihood was that the decision could come down to a nervy draw involving the elite of African soccer.

Jordaan, the head of the 2010 World Cup organising committee, returned from Brazil on Monday where he attended the draw as a SAFA observer.

He said the glittering function in Rio de Janeiro augured well for a another memorable event following on the 2010 tournament in South Africa.


  • TypicalDarkie - 2011-08-01 20:30

    Mr Jordaan we shall cross that bridge when we get to it, think for now we need to focus on topping our group

      lenand40 - 2011-08-02 13:51

      Agreed. Our always undermining minnows has led to our destruction before. Quality on top of your group first and foremost, and then worry about the one off play-off later. I would rather instead of a knock out, they create another 4 mini leagues with the four winners guaranteed and the two best finishers playing off for a place in the final. I would also suggest that the ten qualifyers get automatic entry into 2014 Africa Cup of nations to avoid taking players away too often from where they play and earn income.

      TypicalDarkie - 2011-08-02 20:40

      lenand40 u make some great points there, the knockout phase is a bit unfair coz they put the 10 best african countries in a lottery, for example what if Ghana get Egypt in the knockout phase the current top 2 ranked teams wont both be there, they should have made a group out of the 10 remaining teams but that would draw it out, they should rather have make more playoffs and have a final group where only then the top 10 join

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