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SAFA condemns bus attack

2012-11-15 12:20

Johannesburg - The SA Football Association (SAFA) has condemned "in the strongest of terms", the attack last night on the Zambian football team bus by two youths who have since been apprehended by the police.

The incident happened as the Zambian national team bus was leaving FNB Stadium where they had just won the Nelson Mandela Challenge after beating Bafana Bafana 1-0.

Two youths, aged 12 and 13 were immediately detained and are being held at the Booysens Police Station and investigations in a case of malicious damage to property have been opened. The security around the team was the high level security that the SAPS and Traffic Police provides to all visiting teams.

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SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani who has since apologised personally to his Zambian counterpart, Kalusha Bwalya reiterated his disappointment at the incident.

“Kalusha understood that this was an isolated incident. Our relationship with Zambia goes beyond the sporting fields. South Africa and Zambia have a bond which dates back to the days of apartheid in which most of our fellow South Africans were harboured by our Zambian counterparts,” said Nematandani.

“Such an embarrassing behaviour is alien to the South African Football Association and damages the good name of our association and country. We do not want at any time to be associated with these scoundrels of society,” said an irate Nematandani. “Such people do not belong to the football family and once the investigations have been concluded, the police should send out a strong message against future perpetrators.”

AFCON 2013 CEO, Mvuzo Mbebe also condemned last night’s attack but added such isolated incident should not in any way harm the Africa Cup of Nations preparations which he said were going on smoothly.

“We are disturbed by this incident which is totally an isolated one. South African fans do not behave like this and are known to take defeat in the good spirit.

“This country has hosted numerous international events and we have not experienced such a conduct,” said Mbebe.

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Comments
  • hamid.chikureni - 2012-11-15 12:35

    Thats totaly wrong arrest dont fool us just go and search for real hooliguns dont be so stupid

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2012-11-15 12:37

    Wouldnt be suprised if their parents taught them this during the strikes.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 13:39

      My Brother please move out your nutshell and become a human being!

      roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-15 14:53

      You are so right. They are taught from an early age how to destroy while striking etc

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-15 12:58

    I think there's been so much stone throwing in the country lately that these little critters may have also been part of so they must have thought its ok to do it at soccer!!! Remember when we have our own games there's a lot of hooliganism and destroying of property too!!!

      Jacqueline Assam - 2012-11-15 13:34

      indeed i agree there is alot of misbehavior within our soccer matches specially when chiefs and pirates play. what happened last night was a typical example of what the adults are portraying in our country and what they teach their children. people should go and do research of the past before they become judge mental.

  • Remmington Wekwa Nonge - 2012-11-15 13:29

    shame

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-11-15 13:35

    I fully agree with SAFA about this senseless action from these thugs because that people have done nothing but to kill the dead rabbit(Bafana). SAFA on the other side have to visit the criteria they use when it comes to select the National Team!

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-15 14:52

    "Such an embarrassing behavior is alien to the SAFA and damages the "good" name of the association and the country" Where have you been living for the past few years? The good name of the country went down- hill when the ANC/Zuma carry on the way they do & with all their corruption.

  • jean.neethling.52 - 2012-11-15 14:52

    You wont see the rugby supporters do something like this. Absolutely BARBARIC!!

      almeric.vanschalkwyk - 2012-11-15 15:14

      That is correct! because Rugby supporters moer each other, not vehicles. lol

  • willem.v.hoven - 2012-11-15 15:57

    The high level security of the SAPS and Traffic Police been but to shame by a 13 and a 12 year old? How comforting.

  • razapo.omega - 2012-11-15 16:04

    abafana labo,they r bhv jct lyk kid.wat a kid does he cs it frm parent we must chng our atitude.

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