Adebayor: Mbombela pitch a disgrace for Africa

Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor had some strong words on the state of the pitch at the Mbombela Stadium

Posted: 31 January 2013 Time: 06:47 am

Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor had some strong words on the state of the pitch at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

The Tottenham striker saw his side holding on for a 1-1 draw with Tunisia, which was enough to see his side through to the last eight, where they will play against Burkina Faso.

READ: Tunisia pay the penalty as Togo advance

While he was elated with the result, the lanky marksman had some less than complimentary words about the playing surface.

“Once again we are in Africa - Afcon is a big tournament for Africa - the whole world are watching this, you can’t play on a pitch like this.

“To be honest with you I’m very sorry but it’s a disgrace for our continent to be playing on this pitch when it’s on the TV around the world.”

“Those people that watch the game in Europe, they will be sending sms’s to me tonight asking me, ‘are you playing in the bush or what’, it’s a disgrace to our continent, we can do better.”

The problem arose after soil had been thrown on the pitch to sort out the wet surface which arose after several days of heavy rain - a move which was apparently not sanctioned by the Confederation of African football (CAF).

Article by: Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

Dbongs
posted: 07:43 am
Any reason why the FNB is not getting used?
Meggido
posted: 07:43 am
Is there a good pitch in Togo?? Who cares what the Europeans say?? Will the semi final still be played
in Mbombela?
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 07:48 am
Adebayor is right . The pitch sucks and not good for South African standards.

I think Caf and Safa should move the remaining 2 Mbombela games to the royal stadium - Orlando ..!!
Nipsy
posted: 07:49 am
Why are these Kweres so jealous of South Africa? We give them access to world class stadiums, they sleep in top hotels, they have access to world class infrastructure and the get to see the beautiful ladies that competes for miss universe here is SA, I am talking about the things they can only access in Europe and USA here. After all these they still complain and tell us about Europe as if there are no bad pitches in Europe.

Matches get posponed in Europe because of bad pitches, why must this not happen to us? Mbombela was chosen for AFCON unfortunately the rain damaged the pitch. So now they capitalise on the pitch to tell us s.hit because they know everything is great in South Africa, they want to make headlines talking s.hit about us. Adebayor is nobody here in South Africa, he is somebody in Togo not here.
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 07:49 am
Or the National stadium..!!
Tumi86
posted: 07:51 am
Truth must be told,mbombela pitch is a disgrace to our country
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 07:52 am
Mbombela pitch and Daniel Bennet sucks. They degraded South Africa big time, no need to be defensive..!
Lufunott
posted: 07:56 am
u right adebayor they need to move the remaining games to polokwane or pretoria cos we have better pitch than what you are currently exposed to.
Nipsy
posted: 07:57 am
Wena El kampion, don't you know that Bernet is a ref for Motsepe's tuckshop? Stop being a disgrace yourself here. It's necessary to always mention Chiefs name.
Malate for Pirates
posted: 08:00 am
SAFA, where are you? The Managers of Mbombela should account. We use to scorn other pitches when we were playing outside South Africa, what is this now? Totally uncalled for. Sabotage or as usual SAFA formed their winds of change organization so that capable people can be left outside, what is this now? I was also surprised they could have let such important games play in such a terrible conditions. Please obviously somebody came with a very misguided solution. Are they going to allow the semi-finals to play in such a pitch?
Lekkekhosi
posted: 08:01 am
Togo doesnt even hv stands nd as for Togo's pitches dnt even mention it,its total da worst dan donkey playing ground...dnt tel us abwt Euro or England or wateva,thy hv enough to build world class simply cos thy r wealth...
P1P1NYANA
posted: 08:02 am
Lets be realistic and stop being defensive. The pitch sucks big time, you can not expect that from a nation that hosted a world cup. This means our local organisation comitee do not take Afcon serious, hence bad pitch and poor crowd attendence. I am disapointed as an South African.
PSL awards a joke
posted: 08:05 am
Yeah right!

Fact of the matter is CAF should be flexible w.r.t the dates of the AFCON. The idea behind hosting it in January was because most African countries experience heavy rains during June esp those in the central, western and eastern region. Unfortunately for SA except in the western cape, our rain comes during the summer season thus making it very difficult to maintain the pitch with lots of games being played on it. So before people start complaining they should first know the continent they are in for them to understand the problem better. We as Africans cannot, i repeat CANNOT be seen as trying to conform to the European standards all the time. If your European Ade.. thinks we suck, to hell with them, we dont needs those tendencies here.

This is Africa the motherland, the home of precious stones, the hub of agricultural products, a place where there is the Big 5, where nature and humans co-exist.
Ghost Ninja
posted: 08:05 am
Nipsy
posted: 07:49 am | Report
Why are these Kweres so jealous of South Africa? We give them access to world class stadiums, they sleep in top hotels, they have access to world class infrastructure and the get to see the beautiful ladies that competes for miss universe here is SA, I am talking about the things they can only access in Europe and USA here. After all these they still complain and tell us about Europe as if there are no bad pitches in Europe.

Matches get posponed in Europe because of bad pitches, why must this not happen to us? Mbombela was chosen for AFCON unfortunately the rain damaged the pitch. So now they capitalise on the pitch to tell us s.hit because they know everything is great in South Africa, they want to make headlines talking s.hit about us. Adebayor is nobody here in South Africa, he is somebody in Togo not here.

I agree with you Nipsy on certain points, Adebayor speaks as if the pitches in Togo are world class. The best thing to do though is to move the games scheduled for Mbombela to another stadium cause that sand makes it a bit difficult for teams to play their normal football.
DJRise
posted: 08:05 am
Togo is broke, your country has nothing. It will take you 50 years to have a stadium similar to Mbombela, you cheap basterds. South Africa has the biggest economy in Africa and we ranked number 28 worldwide. We can convert Togo and make it one of our municipalities.
MAMINZELA
posted: 08:06 am
Blame it on BOBBY
DJRise
posted: 08:08 am
Even Ethekwini municipality alone is richer than Togo, let alone the whole KZN province. Togo is cheap, so you need to shut up.
SABELO E SIKO
posted: 08:13 am
I'm a South African, but let me say that some of the comments here lack facts & are quality is sometimes compromised because of such comments. Truth is that the pitch is bad condition & that is fault of the groundsman & the owners of the stadium
SABELO E SIKO
posted: 08:14 am
I'm a South African, but let me say that some of the comments here lack facts & quality is sometimes compromised because of such comments. Truth is that the pitch is bad condition & that is fault of the groundsman & the owners of the stadium
Legendary Wonder
posted: 08:16 am
That pitch is a total disgrace, i'm from Mbombela but i can not be defending th!s ####, people must be held accountable!
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