SAFA unimpressed by Egypt

2011-02-22 11:21

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association have scoffed at Egypt's request to postpone the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifer between the two nations.

According to the Pharaohs assistant national team coach Hamada Sedki, the Egyptian FA planned on sending a written request to the Confederation of African Football for the AFCON showdown to be pushed back until June due to the political turmoil unfolding in the North African nation.

But SAFA are loath to tinker with the original March 26 date, saying that they would be surprised if CAF or FIFA permitted a change.

"In matters like these, FIFA and CAF do not usually postpone matches," SAFA communications director Morio Sanyane told Business Day.

"They usually take matches like these to neutral venues if the home team is unable to meet guarantees around security.

"In this case the match is not in Egypt and will take place in SA. Anyway, what we know is that the game is still on."


  • willieman - 2011-02-22 11:50

    Mubarak is gone they must come and celebrate with us here,but we gonna beat them

  • Mathaithai - 2011-02-22 11:56

    I have no problem with potponement. Let us show a spirit of ubuntu to our fellow Africans of Arab decent!!!!

      jeremy - 2011-02-22 12:20

      What the hell has "ubuntu" got to do with it? Of all the Arab nations in turmoil, Egypt is virtually back to normal - and their guys are coming here anyway! As long as they can get on a plane, I see absolutely no reason to postpone this match...

      Alan Cuba - 2011-02-22 12:21

      Agreed mate, nothing wrong with postponing the game seeing as their country is currently going through quite a bit of kak... besides, if we beat them now, they'll say it's because of the problems in Egypt, let's rather beat them when they have no excuses to offer for a poor performance

      mathery - 2011-02-23 14:48

      agreed with mathai.

      dibaga.t - 2011-02-23 16:28

      i understand ubutu but, the match must be plyed at a neutral position.

  • mnbain - 2011-02-22 12:14

    Its cos they afraid they won't beat them on a level playing field. It is not an unreasonable request.

  • Will99 - 2011-02-22 12:26

    Hell no! If SAFA does postpone it then they must tell Egypt to oganise them a friendly against a Top 40 team and also pay the bill. Deal or no Deal??

      Norman - 2011-02-25 10:37

      will99 your suggestion is fully seconded on my side

      Norman - 2011-02-25 10:40

      i agree with you will99, i like the way you resolve this issue.

  • spiderkzn - 2011-02-22 12:33

    the date is here to stay. if you dont want come then we get 3 point!

  • seeps.mazi - 2011-02-22 13:15

    Eh I believe CAF will decline Egypts request seeing as they banned Togo for getting Shot at during the recent AFCON tournament...... Muburaks people must just be strong and hit a camel ride this way if necessary but the game will continue I'm sure

      Innocent - 2011-02-22 17:50

      Lets wait and see if CAF will maintain they inferior standard or inprove

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