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ZEBRAS WIN AS BFA WORRIES

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BFA ACTING CEO: MONAMETSI

With the Zebras currently leading the pack in their qualification group, fans are already expressing optimism that the country will reach their first ever African Cup of Nations final.
Last weeks win against Chad made it two wins out of two for Tshosane’s charges despite the BFA’s initial misgivings about the draw.
The BFA were unhappy with the inclusion of Togo into their group after the West Africans were initially banned from the competition when they withdrew from the 2010 tournament following a deadly attack on their team bus. Togo appealed to F Executive Committee.
This meant that there were five teams in the Zebra’s group, and with other groups not starting their campaign until September, the BFA’s complained to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) protesting their sudden start to the campaign.
The BFA is worried that CAF has not yet responded to them concerning their grievances. BFA acting Chief Executive Officer Susan Monametsi explained that in normal circumstances CAF gives them three dates where they slot games, starting from a Friday, but this has not been the case this time. BFA was given only the Friday date for the Chad game, and this was also the case with their 1 July encounter against Tunisia which was played in a near empty stadium.
“This is actually our concern and displeasure. In our letter we were worried that with the World Cup in our nose in South Africa all focus would be on the bigger football event. We complained that we were disadvantaged. We even suggested that though we are five in the group they could push the congestion to later months after the World Cup,” she said.
“Even though we have won the first games we are still concerned about this. In football it is not just about results on the pitch. We need the 12th player, who are our fans. How will they come to the game during working hours? This will also have an adverse financial effect.
“The painful thing about this whole situation is that CAF has acted so arrogantly that they haven’t even responded to the BFA’s concern. It seems that the mother body doesn’t want to understand what an affiliate says,” Monametsi added.
The BFA’s protest may now be somewhat muted with the unexpected win away to group favourites Tunisia, followed by Phenyo Mongala’s winning goal in the 1-0 victory against Chad. And whilst there is still along way to go, many observers will see the larger group as an advantage as it will be the only one with two automatic qualifiers. In all 16 teams will make up the finals from the eight groups.
The Zebras are now in camp for their next test away to Malawi on 11 August. Last week Malawi held Togo to a 1-1 draw in Lome.

7 COMMENTS

  1. U2 ARE CORRECT BUT HAYATTOU IS PRIORITY. THE MAN JUST SUCKS BIG TYM! N 2 BFA YA GO NNA SA KHURANUO YA MENO COS THEY NEED GATE TAKINS 4 SUSTAINABILITY

  2. Anyone with an idea pliz tell us gor Issa Hayatou o tsene leng? We r sick n tired of dat name… when r the next CAF elections

  3. a ko lo bue le ,multichoice s.a. le btv ba buse channel 137,mo s.a. We ne to catch up le dipitse

  4. we shud get our hopes,n our players thnk it wil b easy coz they won da first 2 games,play each as is da first n dn’t b intimidated by big names,thus we wil make it as a team n as a country