Letters of warning for Bafana

2012-03-28 07:46

Johannesburg - Letters of warning have been issued to those responsible for Bafana Bafana's Mbombela disaster, according to a report in the Sowetan.

SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen confirmed on Tuesday that action had been taken against the individuals responsible for misreading the qualifying rules that cost Bafana a place at the Africa Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

But he declined to name the culprits - even when asked by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

"Letters of warning were written to people who should have known better," Petersen said in an interview with Avusa Media on Tuesday.

"We had sent a report to the minister and to SASCOC (SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) which indicated that disciplinary action had been taken against those who I felt were responsible for not reading the rules properly.

"But as I said to SASCOC and to the minister and to my (executive committee), that's a matter between myself and the employees."

Petersen said emotions ran high where Bafana Bafana were involved.

"I listened to explanations that were given and then took what I believed was the right disciplinary action," he said.


  • Tokollo - 2012-03-28 07:59

    SAFA is a public entity not a private affair. The entire nation was left disappointed and angered by the non-qualification of our national team. The public deserves to know the people responsible for not reading the rules of the game hence SAFA really needs to disclose the individuals. No wonder the fans are not behind the national team! SA football is not a family business and carries a lot of public interest.

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-28 08:31

      bafana remind me of powerlines fc. don't be surprised if we get hammered 24-0 by spain or germany . . . for a proud sporting nation, our national soccer team just ruins everything!

      Papa-storm - 2012-03-28 16:33


  • Julian - 2012-03-28 09:21

    What difference would it have made if they had known the rules or not? We still would have not qualified no matter how they played

      Folag - 2012-03-28 10:53

      They didn't know the rules but qualified luckily for 2008 edition via the lucky losers route. Knowing the rules wouldnt have saved Bafana. Bafana and the PSL are just not good enough.

  • Tulani - 2012-03-28 09:25

    i fail to understand why on earth they would consider a draw regardless of the point system, as coach nor a team captain you should advice your about a winning mentality... that's how positive your team should be.. # a bit of a story # i had a cricket team that was filled with players ranging from 13 to 18 years of age players and our first tournament was against first team players from 18 onwards but my boys played the tournament until the final game reason because we were coached to play a winning game... a winning mind was installed to the players # Pitso is a good coach but his to much arrogant he needs to shut up and do the job

  • Dhavandran - 2012-03-28 10:55

    really?who's fooling who?

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-03-28 14:35

    Hope the people who these letters are going to can read...

      Andre - 2012-03-28 15:00

      hahahaha I doubt. But they can dance!!!!

  • Thunukenenxeba - 2012-03-28 15:00

    who is fooling who, if i remember correctly safa itself didn't know the rules, they wouldn't have written a letter of complaint to caf after failing to qualify. they think we are stupid, the folowing monday pisto admited on a national tv that he also didn't know the rules, he said he wouldnt have replaced with yeye, he was gonna go for Majoro because he is a more attacking player than yeye. this is ridiculous.

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