SAFA 'on wild goose chase'

2011-10-10 21:58

Johannesburg - SAFA is on a wild goose chase in protesting against the elimination of Bafana Bafana from next year's African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, Kaizer Chiefs supremo Kaizer Motaung said on Monday.

Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker also criticised the SA Football Association (SAFA) over the team's elimination, after a goalless qualifying round draw against Sierra Leone in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Motaung said: "I'm afraid SAFA are way off the mark in stating that the deciding factor in such cases must be goal difference.

"SAFA are entitled to make their own rules for their own events and those presently tabulated have been in force for a number of years. SAFA should have been aware of this.

"SAFA should face the facts of its own bungling."

Barker was even more scathing in his comments.

"The rules employed for the African Nations Cup are entrenched and SAFA and the Bafana technical staff should have been aware of them before the deciding game against Sierra Leone," he said.

"It is mind-boggling that no one at SAFA or in the Bafana set-up was familiar with the facts."

After an initial celebration on Saturday, the Bafana players and the crowd at the Mbombela Stadium heard from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that it was Niger which had qualified from the group.

Locals believed South Africa had qualified for next year's AFCON event on goal difference.

The rules of the competition stipulate that if teams finish level on points - Niger, South Africa and Sierra Leone all finished with nine points - the nett results of games involving the sides would be the deciding factor.

This gave Niger six points and South Africa and Sierra Leone five each.

Motaung said several competitions under the control of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) followed a similar procedure to CAF.

The Spanish League championship, for example, also placed head-to-head results ahead of goal difference in settling issues.

Barker said that adding to the embarrassment was the fact that a SAFA technical team including president Kirsten Nematandani and vice-president Danny Jordaan had been at CAF's meeting in Cairo two weeks ago.

This had been an ideal occasion to familiarise themselves with the Nation Cup rules, and where Bafana stood before the fateful Sierra Leone clash.

"The reality," said Barker, "was that Bafana had to win that final game to qualify, even if Niger were beaten by Egypt - which, in fact, was what happened - yet every last man at SAFA and in the Bafana camp believed a draw could be good enough."

Barker was also critical of the ham-acting of Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who appeared to feign injury in order to misguidedly waste time towards the end of the game against Sierra Leone.

"A delighted Khune then went on to wave to the crowd for an exhibition that could have put him in line for a Hollywood Oscar, but which, fate would have it, cost Bafana valuable time during which they could have pursued scoring the all-important winning goal," said Barker.

He did not blame Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane for the debacle.

"It was the responsibility of SAFA officials and the Bafana technical staff and assistants to inform the coach of the rules," he said.


  • tumza - 2011-10-10 22:26

    Nqx - SAFA president and Bafana coach must hand in their resignations immediately for misleading the nation...

      Mandla - 2011-10-10 23:41

      I think you are right SAFA president being a former lecturer should have known better on the rules and regulation governing soccer in Africa not limitting his mind to South African scenario,this shows how shortsighted is the new Safa administration.We are now a laughing stock in Africa,Look at the might South Africa can not read.

  • George - 2011-10-10 22:38

    South Africa did not crash out of Afcon as a result of rules which some people say are confusing. The truth is Pitso and his players did not deliver.Period!

  • Mandla - 2011-10-10 23:35

    The Bafana Bafana should have decided its fate not to wait for other teams to do the job for them.

  • Tshireletso - 2011-10-10 23:40

    The coach and the whole SAFA executive should resign. They should have known before the game what needed to be done. The coach has the nerve to say that he left a striker (Majoro) on the bench because he was under the impression that they needed a draw. It is a disgrace and they must go now. The rules applied to all teams equally and you cannot complaint about their unfairness after the fact. SIES.

      mrmogoswane - 2011-10-11 09:23

      The biggest question still remains, when has a draw ever been good enough, thats the problem with pitso he never plays to win he plays to meet the minimum requrement "Not loose"

      DoktaPhill - 2011-10-11 13:03

      Agreed Mr Mogoswane. In all Sports, from the most Junior, to Sunday League, to Veterans, you at least go onto the field, to TRY and WIN the Game. Whatever, Where-ever, When-ever it is! In all the Media, in the week building up to the Game, it was clearly stated over and over, that we needed Egypt to do us a favour (which they did), and we needed to WIN - What changed? We needed just 1 goal!!! Sports Journalist and Author, Neal Collins, who was on "Sunrise" on Etv the Monday Morning after SA's black sporting weekend, had phoned SABC, et al, and offered to explain them and their viewers (and SAFA) the permutations of the "Dead-Heat-Mini-League" elimination system (14.1). Why it was introduced sometime ago and why it was so important, BEFORE the Game even took place later on the weekend. To which, of course, he got no response. We needed to WIN! Go to his Link below, On why we failed to qualify for AFCON 2013? Worth a read. It's also an interesting Blog, just to look at anyway!

  • Gashton - 2011-10-11 07:13

    You have to know the rules before you play any game or tournament. Next time when someone hands the ball they will appeal as they did not know the rules. IDIOTS.

  • Eugene Neethling - 2011-10-11 09:23

    Since when does a National football team like South Africa go out and play for a ((home)) draw against a team ranked lower than ourselves in World and African football, with a goalkeeping idiot playing games with time, when within those 10 minutes we """maybe"" could have got a breakaway goal - or something (I hope he get banned by FIFA) - the coach should go for playing for the draw, meaning he has zero confidence in his players to get a result, especially when under pressure - the technical committe should go for reading classes and should stop attending hearsay classes.........!

  • OneDayIs One - 2011-10-11 10:07

    The legal department is to take the full blame. The legal department should have read and interpreted the rules prior the game and in the event there was vague and ambiguous outcome from such interpretation, they should have called CAF for further clarification. Its bad!!

  • Monks - 2011-10-11 18:46

    All the Bafana and Safa technical should be fired!! Simple as that, they failed the nation. They didn't do the job they were hired for!!

  • NO - 2011-10-11 21:00


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