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Bafana get easy way into Cosafa semis

By Nick Said | Jun 24, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 20 ]

SOUTH Africa have potentially been given an easier path into the semifinals of the 2013 Cosafa Cup in Zambia after the withdrawal from the regional tournament of Equatorial Guinea.

Equatorial Guinea announced last week they will not take part in the tournament, citing financial constraints.

Their withdrawal reduced South Africa's potential quarterfinal opponents from four to three, with Gordon Igesund's side set to take on the winner of Group A in Lusaka on July 13.

The pool will now be contested by three teams - Namibia, Mauritius and the Seychelles - with the Brave Warriors under new coach Ricardo Mannetti heavily tipped to top the group.

South Africa have played Namibia on three occasions in the Cosafa Cup, with a win, a draw and a defeat to show for it.

They have also met Mauritius on four occasions, with three wins against one defeat, while their only meeting with the Seychelles resulted in a 3-0 victory.

Igesund has said he will be sending the "strongest possible" squad to the tournament.

That will likely not include Orlando Pirates players as they are involved in a Caf Champions League group phase match against AC Leopards of Congo on July 21.

But Kaizer Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung has said the club will not stand in their players' way if they want to take part in the competition.

Should South Africa advance from their quarterfinals, they will take on the winner of the tie between hosts Zambia and Mozambique in the last-four stage. The tournament kicks off on July 6, with the final to be played on July 20 in Lusaka.

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Jun 24, 2013 7:28 | 0 replies

There is no such thing as "easy way" for this bafunny team.

Jun 24, 2013 10:56 | 0 replies

Sad for S.A soccer records.... Bafana is like beatiful ladies's brigade, that gets everything for free.... mxim



Jun 24, 2013 11:27 | 0 replies

This is the only cup Bafana can win so far so let them play there

Jun 24, 2013 12:0 | 0 replies

Free ride everytime SUKA!

Jun 24, 2013 12:27 | 0 replies

@JeanClaude

Mushin said same thing and even klapped with words one player for being lazy, the player (25 years) literally cried, talk about taking the cry baby to another level.... if Bafana wants anyone to take them seriously,this is where to start, then move on to Afcon, then think of biggr stages, in the history of COSAFA we have only won this 3 times, 2002, 2007 and 2008 was the last time.....that means we lost to some of the ff Lesotho, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Sychelles, Swaziland, mozambique, Zimbabwe, Comoros, MAdagasca, Muaritius, and Reunion, Zambia and Angola...........and we want to play the likes of Brazil, Spain, etc

Jun 24, 2013 2:6 | 0 replies

@JeanClaude

Mushin said same thing and even klapped with words one player for being lazy, the player (25 years) literally cried, talk about taking the cry baby to another level.... if Bafana wants anyone to take them seriously,this is where to start, then move on to Afcon, then think of biggr stages, in the history of COSAFA we have only won this 3 times, 2002, 2007 and 2008 was the last time.....that means we lost to some of the ff
Lesotho,
Botswana,
Namibia,
Malawi,
Sychelles,
Swaziland,
mozambique,
Zimbabwe,
Comoros,
MAdagasca,
Muaritius, and
Reunion,
Zambia and
Angola...........and we want to play the likes of Brazil, Spain, etc

Jun 24, 2013 2:8 | 0 replies

Equitoria Guenea was never part of COSAFA, not even listed as its member, its in North Africa,after Cameroon and Gabon, so they figured the North Africa is tough, they will join this easy boys in Arican footba.

Jun 24, 2013 2:14 | 0 replies

who cares they will not even get far

Jun 24, 2013 2:52 | 0 replies

Papage
We dont have passionate Football players, look at the Conf Cup in Brazil, those players are passionate and know how to play for their Countries, as for us, we still have a long way to go, our players are spoiled, cry babies, they have everything, but results Nothing.

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Spot On.....that is so true. At the end of the day it all boils down to hardwork and dedication. I remember some years ago, one coach once said black African players are not disciplined (with the exception of Morocco, Egypt, Algeria etc). We all thought he was racist, but he was right all along.

Jun 24, 2013 10:19 | 0 replies

There is Bafana Bafana which carries the legacy of the Afcon winning Bafana and represents all S.A. soccer players and people,then there is Gordon Zebras playing as Bafana,which excells in relentlessly embarrassing us at every turn.
We are waiting for the real,all inclusive Bafana Bafana. OK?Dankie zonkeys Bafana.

Jun 24, 2013 9:45 | 0 replies