0 - 0
Mbombela Stadium
08/10/2011 17:00

Ibrahim Kargbo of Sierra Leone gets away from Katlego Mphela

Related News

Related Club News

South Africa draw sees Niger through to 2012 Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 8 October 2011 Time: 18:41

South Africa missed out on qualification for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations after playing to a 0-0 draw with Sierra Leone at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.

Though outgoing African champions Egypt defeated group leaders Niger 3-0 in Cairo, the combination of results was not enough to send South Africa through.

Niger, South Africa and Sierra Leone all ended on nine points, but Niger claimed the most points from a ‘mini-league’ between the three teams, meaning they advance as group winners and will play in the Nations Cup for the first time in their history.

According to the Regulations of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations GABON-GUINEA EQUATORIAL 2012 Article 14, these are the criteria for teams tied in a group:

In case of equality of points between two or more teams, after all the group matches, the ranking of the teams shall be established according to the following criteria: 14.1 Greater number of points obtained in the matches between the concerned teams; 14.2. Best goal difference in the matches between the concerned teams; 14.3. Greater number of goals scored in the group matches between the concerned teams; 14.4. Greater number of away goals scored in the direct matches between the concerned teams; 14.5. Goal difference in all the group matches; 14.6. Greatest number of goals scored in all the group matches; 14.7. A drawing of lots by the Organising Committee of CAF.

According to these rules, Niger qualify, because in results between the three:

Niger GF 5 GA 5 GD 0 P 6 South Africa GF 3 GA 2 GD +1 P 5 Sierra Leone GF 2 GA 3 GD -1 P 5

Sierra Leone started the match strongly and were the better team in the opening quarter hour, with strikers Tetteh Bangura and Mohamed Bangura proving a handful for South Africa’s defence.

Bafana Bafana gradually took a stranglehold in midfield and began to dominate possession, but they were unable to really stretch the well-organised Leone Stars backline.

The visitors’ goalkeeper Christian Caulker had only one save of any significance to make in the first half, smothering Katlego Mphela’s dipping free-kick five minutes before the break.

As for Itumeleng Khune, he had a couple of nervy moments from corner kicks and crosses by Sierra Leone’s wingers, but otherwise he was well protected by the likes of Morgan Gould and Siyabonga Sangweni.

The West Africans were the first to threaten a goal in the second half, with central defender Mohamed Kamara heading just wide of goal from a corner kick 10 minutes after the restart.

Just past the hour mark Siphiwe Tshabalala had a chance to put Bafana Bafana ahead but he shot wide of the target after breaking into space in the ‘D’ of the penalty area.

By this stage Egypt were 2-0 up against Niger in Cairo and South Africa believed they were on course to top the group, but Sierra Leone gave warning of their danger in the 72nd minute with a swerving shot from Sheriff Suma that forced a splendid save from Khune.

Sierra Leone’s Caulker was also tested from long range, punching away a fierce Tshabalala free-kick on 83 minutes.

At this stage the game was very much in the balance – with Niger now 3-0 down in Cairo, Bafana thought they only needed to hang onto the draw, while a goal for the Leone Stars would have seen them through.

In the end the match ended 0-0 and South Africa’s players celebrated at the final whistle, mistakenly believing they had qualified for 2012.

Article by: KICK OFF

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:36 pm
Breaking News!! The CAF has just announced that it is Niger who qualified and not SA. Please b4 getting angry go to BBC Sport Africa as they have the offical confirmation that it is Niger that qualified and not SA ..sorry boyz and hard luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
posted: 07:36 pm
Breaking News!!!!The BBC has spoken to the Confederation of African Football which confirms that Niger are through in the group. That will be devastation for Bafana Bafana - but a tremendous achievement for Niger who are through for the first time ever.
Anonymous
posted: 07:41 pm
Breaking News!! The CAF has just announced that it is Niger who qualified and not SA. Please b4 getting angry go to BBC Sport Africa as they have the offical confirmation that it is Niger that qualified and not SA ..sorry boyz and hard luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BLAKSTAR
posted: 07:42 pm
SOOO DISGUSTING FOR BAFANA BAFANA..........HOPE YOU GUYS TURN YOUR SUPPORT TO THE BLACKSTARS.....UP GH !!
Anonymous
posted: 07:43 pm
BREAKING NEWS!!!The BBC has spoken to the Confederation of African Football which confirms that Niger are through in the group. That will be devastation for Bafana Bafana - but a tremendous achievement for Niger who are through for the first time ever.
Anonymous
posted: 07:44 pm
South Africa scored 4 goal not 3 , 1 - O Egypt , 2 - 1 loss to Niger and 2- O win over Niger so we are ahead
Musaukanyi
posted: 07:44 pm
Egypt didn't do us any favour. They played for their pride. All teams had 6 games to play and knew about the rules from the beginning. About khune's behaviour, it's so interesting that when Bafana Bafana are treated unfairly in other countries, no one says anything. So many unfair decisions were ruled against SA in the game against Niger.
Deserving to qualify? if Bafana Bafana didnt deserve, who did?

For a record, France qualified for WC 2010 through Henry's handball. Bafana qualified through legal means.
Anonymous
posted: 07:48 pm
wat a classic way 2 burst a buble... Kikikikikikikikiki...
F.uck .... Caf... We are better off. Without them n their mammalic rulez!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:53 pm
Wats going on we didn't qualify.
CAF sucks
Anonymous
posted: 07:58 pm
What a rule from CAF. This must be amended,'cause its unfair. Why starting a mini league wherelse Egypt was there on the onset.
Anonymous
posted: 07:59 pm
SA dnt qualify 4 da finals NIger go thru on a head 2 head btwn da 3 4rm SS breakn news
Anonymous
posted: 08:00 pm
Niger have qualified for their
maiden Africa Cup of Nations
final despite losing 3-0 in Egypt
on Saturday.
Group G rivals South Africa or
Sierra Leone would have
qualified had either won in
Nelspruit but it ended 0-0.
Nonetheless, the Bafana Bafana
squad celebrated their victory in
the errant belief that they had
qualified.
Niger, South Africa and Sierra
Leone all ended with nine points,
but Niger qualify thanks to their
superior head-to-head record
against their rivals.
"Niger have qualified,"
Confederation of African Football
secretary-general Hicham El
Amrani confirmed to BBC Sport.
South Africa joy in Nelspruit and
around the country has turned
to despair after the realisation
that they cannot qualify as a
best runner-up either.
Niger have defied all
expectations to qualify for the
first Africa Cup of Nations in
their history.
Anonymous
posted: 08:03 pm
WHAT THE FAAAAK ! WHAT THE FAAK! MUSUNU WA CAF and faaaak isa hayatou ...faak him ,atleast his country ddnt make it either.
Anonymous
posted: 08:03 pm
reply to Vanbuston!! Egypt were picked to top the group because they are 3 times African champions back to back and champions of the last ACON in Angola and are the the top seeded African side in the FIFA world ranking at the begining of the qualifications ..Understood?!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:07 pm
reply to Vanbuston!! Egypt were picked to top the group because they are 3 times African champions back to back and champions of the last ACON in Angola and are the the top seeded African side in the FIFA world ranking at the begining of the qualifications ..Understood?!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:12 pm
I want the the name of the editor who came up with this report, You have started with your lies Kickoff. Who prepared this report??
Anonymous
posted: 08:12 pm
reply to Vanbuston!! Egypt were picked to top the group because they are 3 times African champions back to back and champions of the last ACON in Angola and are the the top seeded African side in the FIFA world ranking at the begining of the qualifications ..Understood?!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:13 pm
reply to Vanbuston!! Egypt were picked to top the group because they are 3 times African champions back to back and champions of the last ACON in Angola and are the the top seeded African side in the FIFA world ranking at the begining of the qualifications ..Understood?!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:16 pm
reply to Vanbuston!! Egypt were picked to top the group because they are 3 times African champions back to back and champions of the last ACON in Angola and are the the top seeded African side in the FIFA world ranking at the begining of the qualifications ..Understood?!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:25 pm
dere is no need 2 blame caf, we must bleme safa for not reading n understand dis rule, i feel shame for our safa who is misliding da nation. Pitso as a had coach supose to know dis n explain 2 da boys, itu wasted a valuable time faking da injury now people r blaming caf. Pitso must step down along with cow parker. Hard luck south africans!
Terms of use:

The comments posted do not reflect the views of KickOff.com. Users are reminded that no misuse of this comment facility will be tolerated. Any abusive, racist, inflammatory, defamatory, discriminatory comments or hate speech will be deleted and the user banned.

If legally obliged we will hand over your information under the Protection of Information Act.

Please report abusive posts to editor@kickoff.com.