Bafana's Japan clash moved

2009-11-04 13:36

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association are playing musical chairs with the venue for next Saturday's friendly international between Bafana Bafana and Japan.

On Wednesday Bafana team manager Sipho Nkumane, confirmed the match venue had been moved for the fourth time. It will now be played at the new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Originally the match was scheduled for the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. That venue was scrapped when it could not be guaranteed that the venue would be ready in time.

That venue is one of the new stadiums built for the World Cup finals and is only expected to be completed in December.

Then the venue was moved to Orlando Stadium, but last week SAFA decided to move it to the nearby Rand Stadium in the south of Johannesburg the pitch was not up to standard for an international match.

Both the Orlando and the Rand Stadium's have undergone major renovations and will be utilised as training venues for the 2010 World Cup finals next June.

In a short statement SAFA CEO Raymond Hack said the decision to move the friendly to Port Elizabeth was due to the Association’s new approach to play all international matches at World Cup venues leading to the 2010 showpiece.

There have been rumours Japan insisted on playing this friendly - the first time the teams will meet – at a World Cup venue as Japan have already qualified for the finals.

The PE venue has been built especially to host the 2010 World Cup.

Meanwhile Nkumane said new Bafana head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, could be present when the squad is announced to play Japan and Jamaica in Bloemfontein, on Thursday.

But, added Nkumane: “If Parreira attends the announcement he will not be discussing the squad. He will hold a press conference in Johannesburg on Friday morning where he will address the media on his plans for Bafana and the World Cup.

Parreira was named as Bafana coach last month to replace fellow Brazilian Joel Santana who quit after a string of poor results.


  • Project Manager - 2009-11-04 13:46

    Typical durbanites cant finnish a job on time, letting the ation down.

  • Sam - 2009-11-04 14:14

    Eish the Banana SAFA At it again.

  • Roger Jonkers - 2009-11-04 15:01

    Finally, bafana vs Free State at Loftus in Japan

  • BanaSam - 2009-11-04 15:12

    Yes. The Banana Called Sam at its with childish names.

  • crazydude - 2009-11-04 15:27

    While I don't agree with chopping and changing venues, I am glad that this game will be played in PE. SAFA need to do more to play games outside of the Guateng area. I expect close to a full house in PE.

  • @Project Manager - 2009-11-04 15:31

    What qualifies you to be a project manager? It is obvious that you do not know anything. The Moses Mabhida Stadium was forecast to be completed in December. Its official opening is scheduled for 27 November. Hence, it is on schedule. The Bafana game should never have been scheduled for the stadium in the first place.

  • Fi5 - 2009-11-04 16:12

    I think the idea behind all the changes is to get Japan pitching up at the wrong stadium,that way Bafana can play against themselfs AND hopefully break that losing streak

  • anon - 2009-11-05 13:34

    I agree with @Project obviously have no clue what happens on projects this large and I can almost guarantee you the majority of the Project Managment team don't even come from Durban.

  • celumusa - 2009-11-05 14:59

    SAFA my perception of the association is that there a bunch of headless chickens who are there to persue personal goals what i find disturbing is fact that some of have never played professional football but running the org,unless things start to change 4rm the top i prsonally tho see any progress in our national team!

  • ghislain shotsha - 2009-11-10 11:37

    we want do something nice to world cup so plz u the safa's chefs u must a coanch frome england or italia those coanch are very nice we are the foreigners i frome drc but we know that sa team need more for world cup the players ;internationals players andt hey must has frindrly game is like to play togheter . all of those want to make name that is me do 4 bafana be" single game" every one want to score .and safa must send the some where to be prepared .

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