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10/10/2010 18:00

Siphiwe Tshabalala of South Africa and Ibrahim Kargbo of Sierra Leone

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Posted: 10 October 2010 Time: 20:45

South Africa are at the top of Group G with four points after playing to a 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in Freetown.

Pitso Mosimane's troops and Sierra Leone went into this match knowing that they had to give nothing away to better their qualifying chances of the 2012 continental showpiece after receiving the news that Niger thumped group favorites Egypt 1-0.

Bafana Bafana are now in a comfortable position in the group as they are on four points and the seven times African champions Egypt's slip up in Niamey opened the group even wider and makes it more competitive than it was on paper.

Coach Pitso Mosimane made one change in the team that beat Niger in the last game.

This saw Teko Modise taking the place of the injured Steven Pienaar in midfield and the match went to half-time with scores tied at 0-0 after the home team and their partizan crowd did what they could to catch Bafana out.

The second-half followed in a similar manner, and despite Sierra Leone having a fair share of possession, the South African defence stood strong and the game ended goalless.

Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was voted the Man of the Match for three outstanding saves.

The pitch was in poor condition but the home team seemed to cope better in extremely hot conditions.

Bafana will be very happy for getting a point from this match.

After this weekend’s matches South Africa head Group G on 4 points followed by Niger on 3 points then Sierra Leone on 2 points with Egypt on 1 point at the bottom.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 06:58 am
Thnx banana banana 4 wining cz a draw 2 u z a win outsid boarder
Wonder
posted: 07:31 am
Shut Down the SABC period!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 07:38 am
Congradulations to Bafana Bafana!!! I did not give them a chance to come home with a point. Looks like Pitso is going to do exactly what I was hoping for i.e. That is proving me wrong by qualifying for AFCON. But the job is not yet done, we need to win the next game by all means to stand a good chance of qualifying.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 07:38 am
Congradulations to umaJaivane for making those three crucial saves.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 07:39 am
Welcome back King Teko.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 07:48 am
I was also angry with the SABC but when I heard their side of the story, I symphatise with SABC. They realy wanted to show this game for the millions soccer lovers but unfortunately they could not because of the situation which was beyond their power. SABC indicated that only Serra Leon had the rights and they negotiated with SL football association but these guys demanded a lot of money for the game citing that South Africa was a rich country and have just hosted the World Cup and recieved billions of Rands. This obviously stalled the negotiations and by the time agreement was reached there was very little time to prepare. Flight carrying SABC staff had to be grounded because of bad weather and therefore could not reach SL in time to show the match. This is SABC's Side of the story and if its true then I dont think its fair to judge SABC. They tried their best, they also have a limited bugdet.
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 am
Congra boyz now u are growing as a team, keep up the good work.
Skepe Mketule
posted: 07:52 am
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 07:53 am
I see many of you like to compare SABC with Supersport. Supersport is a pay channel that makes billions of rands just from subscriptions only. If Supersport takes the rights to broadcast Bafana games from SABC, then that will rob millions of poor soccer loving fans. Only 17% of the African population in South Africa have DSTV, the majory that has DSTV is Euro-Africans or Caucasians. Maybe dual rights for both SABC and Supersport will help.
Anonymous
posted: 08:02 am
@ Superbrand.....alll babfana games will be aired on EtV and SS4...., everyone with TV can access eTV......

beside eTV will get lost of adverts from sponsors.....and sell the airtime

Why not take equpiment and visas a week before even with out conclusion of negotiations....?
Anonymous
posted: 08:15 am
Superbrand - don't be fooled by cheap excuses. Do you want to tell us that SABC was blindly and hopelessly negotiating without making any plans should they reach an agreement with SL? It shows that they never took it serious; otherwise they would have made plans should they get positive results from the negotiations. They are now using SL as scapegoat for their poor planning. They saw this coming and waited for the last minute to push for the agreement and still failed to make arrangements to travel. Now since they got the rights but failed to show the match, did they use the public money for nothing to pay for the contract rights?
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:19 am
@tpaz,

To an extent, I agree with you, SABC should also have taken risks and prepare their equipments in SL even though they were still negotiating.
Don Archie
posted: 08:21 am
Superbrand: 2010-10-11 07:48 [ Report ]

I also had Bra Kaizer being interviewed on Metro this morning, if that was the case, I feel sorry for them, SL Football association wanted to take advantage, if that's how all African countries are going to do then, we are in for more disappointments.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:32 am
@OBG,

What if what you call cheap excuses happened to be the truth. It cost a lot of money to transport those equipments for the broadcasting. Lets give them the benefit of the doubt. Arrangement for travelling were made and if there was no storm the game was going to be shown. I only blame SABC for not taking the risk of transporting those equipment early before they conclude the negotiations. All in all SABC should have negotiated the rights before the AFCON qualifiers start i.e. 2009. Lets hope they learn from this experience and they will negotiate for rights for all the remaining matches and conclude them now.
Wonder
posted: 08:39 am
A Draw in Egypt, Win is Niger, and wins in all our home games will see Bafan home safe and dry to 2012, Shapa Bafana Bafana Shapa!
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:40 am
Kaiser is a big fat liar! they just did not want to show this game, SAFA offered to go with the crew, they claimed they are still busy with the visas of their staff, how convenient? why did they not send the equipment with SAFA plain then their crew will follow? we knew about this game long enough for SABC to sort out the paperwork needed ofr this trip but they left it until the very last minut, SAFA must move their business where it will be valued!
Wonder
posted: 08:44 am
Superbrand: 2010-10-11 08:32

Man, don't behave like card carrying ANC ,members who condone anything wrong as log as it is done by one of their own.

Ask ourself this, "Why did the SABC wait until the last week to negotiate for the broadcasting rights"? they knew morethan 2 months ago about this fixture, yet they only started negotiations last week, why is that?

I do not buy their excuses and i think SAFA should, no, infact "MUST" take the games to SuperSport.

The ANC can have all their useless programs to themselves for all we care!
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:44 am
see Khune was exposed, where was the most trusted and lazy captain Mokoena? if they dont trust Gould or Sangweni to bench Mbazo, they must call Mahamutsa!
Wonder
posted: 08:45 am
Swona: 2010-10-11 08:40

Exactly, how can they be sorting out Visas in the last week before the match? this is all lies!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:48 am
@Swona,

There were only four seats offered. Besides the equipments, you need way more than four staff members to do the job.
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