'Hosting Afcon no backdoor ploy'

The availability of the likes of Rivaldo Coetzee convinces Safa boss Danny Jordaan that qualification was in the cards for Bafana Bafana anyway.
The availability of the likes of Rivaldo Coetzee convinces Safa boss Danny Jordaan that qualification was in the cards for Bafana Bafana anyway.
Image: Pic.Veli Nhlapo © Sowetan.

Safa's interest in hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has nothing to do with ensuring Bafana are part of the event.

This is the view of Safa president Danny Jordaan, who remains confident that the national team will qualify from Group E for the tournament.

Nigeria have already secured their place from this group, where Bafana are placed second with nine points and Libya, in third, have seven.

Libya will host Bafana in the last qualifier in March. But if SA are named the new hosts after Cameroon were stripped of the rights, Bafana will qualify automatically as hosts.

"No, no, no, it's not in the balance. We will go to Libya and defeat them. Look at the team and let's be realistic. You know, we must not be pessimistic," Jordaan countered.

"Now you tell me, the team that played (1-1) against Nigeria and played a draw (also 1-1) against Paraguay [in a friendly], these are teams that have played in the World Cup. Now you add Rivaldo Coetzee, who was not there. He was injured and he's back. Keagan Dolly was not there and he's going to be back. Kamohelo [Mokotjo] would be back. Bongani [Zungu] would be back. there are about eight players that would be back [from injuries].

"Now if you are not sure that this team, with these players, can defeat Libya then, well, you don't deserve to go to the Afcon."

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