CAF mulls over SAFA protest

2011-10-12 08:30

Johannesburg - The Confederation of African Football is dealing with the protest lodged by SAFA after Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for their second successive Africa Cup of Nations finals, reports the Sowetan.

"I can confirm that we have received a letter (of protest) from South Africa Football Association," said CAF secretary-general Hicham El Amrani.

"We are processing the matter and have referred it to the organising committee."

SAFA is disputing a ruling that eliminated the national team after a goalless draw against Sierra Leone in Mbombela on Saturday left them level on points with the Leone Stars and Niger, who qualified for the finals, according to CAF.

CAF invoked Article 14.1, which states that if two or more teams are level on points after the group matches, the greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams will determine the group winner.

"We are of the opinion that this particular rule should be thrown out because it defeats the traditional way of determining a log standing," said SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen, who called the regulations inconsistent with those for FIFA competitions.


  • Man U - 2011-10-12 08:40

    Oh for eff sakes! Can this stop now! We are not going to the Nations Cup even if Chuck Norris intervenes! Rules are rules and we effed up, not CAF with their rules. I mean CAF did not change the rules 10 min after our match against SL! It was there way before the qualifiers. If the tables were turned, would we have still wanted to appeal the rules if Niger were in our shoes? Guess not. Be a man SAFA fat cats and let it be! Let's build again and have a team ready for the WC in Brazil. We have the talent but what we lack is football brains. Dribbling and dancing will only please the crowd for 30sec.

      Leviathan - 2011-10-12 08:48

      fully agree! SAFA wouldnt have said anything if we had qualified. This is wat happens wen u play 4 draws, nxt time pls check the rule book even wikipedia has it so tat this stupid mistake doesnt happen again

      McDaNife - 2011-10-12 09:19

      The rules have been applied correctly. This rule was applied in the Euro match played last night between Portugal and Norway the same rule was applied although Portugal won on the goal difference. They were level on point when first the head-to-head record was applied. Thereafter the goal difference was used. Idiots.

      juschase 00 - 2011-10-12 09:20

      Although i agree that SAFA should just let it go, they do have a point. In my opinion, that rule should only come into play when teams cannot be seperated with goal difference. But then again, someone in SAFA should have known this... thus they should let it go. They messed up as usual.

      Swazy - 2011-10-12 09:25

      @McDaNife , u are confused my son. This rule was NOT used in last nights Portugal match. UEFA tie-breakers work on goal difference first, then goals scored. Only then does the head to head results come into play!!!! thus Portugal qualifying for the playoff round because of a superior GOAL DIFFERENCE. CAF do it the other way round whereby the head to head is used as the first criteria for a tie-breaker, which is perfectly leagal. The SAFA admins are a bunch of idiots and are just embarrassing us!!!

      DoktaPhill - 2011-10-12 12:13

      Well said Man U. "SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen, called the regulations inconsistent with those for FIFA competitions"....... Yeah Right!!! This meeting at CAF should take all of 10 Seconds. Which Team does SAFA propose drops out to make way for Bafana?

  • John - 2011-10-12 08:46

    If the idiots had gone out to win as any half proffessional or even amateur team would have done, they would have qualified. No, it is more important to practice dance moves for when they win or score a goal instead of practicing to score goals and thereby win. The rule that SAFA is arguing about was not out in place last Friday night, it was in place even before the competition started. If SAFA had a bitch about the rule it should have been brought up before the start of the competition, now they look like a lot toddlers crying because someone has taken the ball from them.

      khani - 2011-10-12 11:11

      Absolutely correct John, the rule was in place before the tournament started, don't bitch about it now. If the ciach and SAFA can't read its not CAF's fault. The rule is strange I agree, but what is important is that it was in place. We must stop Whinning we don't deserve to qualify.

  • matubeng - 2011-10-12 09:01

    Our highly paid coach failed to read the rules. He must go and save face, and I will never ever attend Bafana game again if this idiot remains a coach after this comedy.

  • Hanjo - 2011-10-12 09:12

    People are all trying to mock Bafana management and players, and yes, a win would have been enough, and yes, they should have known what was required...BUT we did finish top of our group, and finishing top and not qualifying is slightly ridiculous, the "rule" is slightly strange and I feel one always looks at points difference, in this case Goal difference when two or more teams are tied on the log...It's the norm, and I don't blame players and management for seeing it as exactly that

      LMC123 - 2011-10-12 09:23

      We did not finish top of our group! You use the rules to decide who is on top and the rules say head-to-head results are considered before goal difference. Enough of this ignorance already!

      ernest.baiden - 2011-10-12 11:31

      hanjo check this out : concentrate on the did you know? column: cheers

  • Tigeristhema - 2011-10-12 09:23

    We don't deserve to go to Afcon, we were very poor tactically, we palyed for a draw, we were cheating by wasting time, if you are stupid you must suffer and we deserve to suffer, by watching the Afcon on TV.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-10-12 09:26

    Just pay that sangoma the 90k.

  • Alan - 2011-10-12 09:30

    Nah SAFA - whether the rules are right or wrong - they are the rules you played to. You cant whine about them afterwards. Just rather get some competent administrators in SAFA.

  • MrGee - 2011-10-12 09:34

    SAFA is a joke as usual. How can you not know the rules of the federation you are in? The whole management team should get the boot!

  • sonnyg - 2011-10-12 10:13

    SAFA is joke, the rules are quite clear. Suck it up and admit you stuffed up.

  • AndV - 2011-10-12 10:30

    So, you did not read the competition rules and now after you lost (first celebrating a win like fools) you want to cry foul! What a disgrace to the game and SA. Always blaming others for your failures. The reason is you do not pay the sangoma's you consult. What a laugh! Believing in the deceased spirits! How primitive can you get?

  • African - 2011-10-12 11:13

    Lets forget the past and move forward, we are not the only african team that is not going to ACN, lets stuf our pride and stop embarrasing ourselves. Stop crying like children, we lost end of the story and stop misleading the nation that rules could be changed in our favour.

  • donjuan - 2011-10-12 11:26

    pity the rule dispute is detracting from the fact that Bafana hadn't scored in 4 games, Pitso played for a draw and didn't play to win as he was supposed to, and a team full of "hangers on"..sorry..make that management and assistants didn't bother to check the rules. We didn't deserve to go through even though technically we topped the group. If you playing for draws in your home games, that is a sin. What about entertaining the crowd that pay hard earned money to go watch them play? Pitso should fall on his sword but of course won't and CAF will be the focus of our failure to win games.

  • Chief Belebe - 2011-10-12 11:47

    They are just ashamed by their stupidity and naive on the rules of the game and its really a shame. How could a country of 50 million plus people fail to warn Pisto when his men were faking injuries and dancing before hand? Look Zambia has qualified yet they have sucked their Coach and why can't SAFA do the same and give Pitso a boot. He's just not the right man for the job and I've always said this from the beginning. See, the problem with SA is jealousy. The only two Coaches to me who i know knows the game and not just kicking the ball are Shakes Mashaba and bra Jomo. SAFA don't have to just give the job to some pathetic-stubborn for nothing idiot somebody when there're good candidates for the job. Deal with it, for a succession time Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for a big tournament yet Pitso and his men were more than worried about the FIFA rankings when they gain or drop on the ladder. It is an act synonymous with only morons. And look today Pitso and SAFA wants to take the whole SA with your stupidity, no thanks but i'll pass!

  • DoktaPhill - 2011-10-12 12:09

    "SAFA chief executive Robin Petersen, called the regulations inconsistent with those for FIFA competitions"....... Yeah Right!!! This meeting at CAF should take all of 10 Seconds. Which Team does SAFA propose drops out to make way for Bafana?

  • DoktaPhill - 2011-10-12 12:32

    Good Luck with the Meeting though!

  • Zack - 2011-10-12 12:32

    SAFA and SA soccer in general is reaching new lows

  • NastyBooter - 2011-10-12 13:08

    FACT - SAFA Cocked up! ....BUT where the hell were all the media boys before this crucial match? Did no one even bother to check out all the ramifications? The MEDIA is just as much to blame. Any decent reporter would have done his homework and explained each and every possible outcome; one of which would ahve been : If Egypt beat Niger what does SA have to achieve to go through. To assume goal difference is a joke, Go back to journalism school and ask for your money back - IDIOTS!

  • Keabetswe Mojapelo - 2011-10-12 14:49

    Pitso failed to read the rule book, the education in this country is spreading to sports as well

  • Duffster - 2011-10-12 16:53

    Why has not one press report mentioned the fact WHY this rule was implemented?? It was implemented because Mauritania withdrew from the qualifiers. As the two best runners up from all the groups would also qualify, they needed to ensure that the other teams in Mauritania's group still had a chance to qualify if they finished as runner's up, hence the reason for invoking rule 14.1

  • Protter - 2011-10-13 11:30

    •Europe's football body Uefa is using the same head-to-head regulations as Caf to determine its group winners for the 2012 European Championships

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