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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.

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Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:37 pm
Wow, South Africa was never African enough for CAF. I won't say I'm surprised
Anonymous
posted: 11:39 pm
oh,what a shame,caf has done it again, are these rules only implemented in the eleventh hour,i think we should have known for long.

Anonymous
posted: 09:43 am
hard luck pitso bt disciplene s lackng n yr players, yr so called no1 goalkepr wasted time unneccesarly nd that destroyd mometum of yr player nd you ddnt say anythng insted you enjoyed your "mokhukhu" style. They mislead you f they promsed u that those tricks wl win the game for. Dnt worry ZEBRARS wl represent 2 nations as u usualy says
Anonymous
posted: 10:06 am
I don
t even wana comment about dis why we always deppent on orther team 2 do us a job we wait 2 weeks 4 nothing aaag man PSl must not alow dis any more dis is stupid idea nx.
Anonymous
posted: 10:07 am
You see the problem with S.A (Players,technical staff and supporters) from the start was that they had only taken Niger into consideration. If you clueless clowns had paid more attention to the log you would have noticed that Sierra Leone also stood a chance of qualifing. So at the end of the day there were THREE teams on NINE points thats why the mini league system feel into place in other words head to head between the THREE teams on NINE points.

So stop blaming CAF and next time do your homework properly. Idiots

How can you play for a draw at home and waste time thinking you qualified? Thats what you get when you have useless people on your team like Parker but people who are performing in the league like Fanteni are not being picked. Jali starting ahead of Yeye? Lol what a joke? S.A football is a joke and so its Pitso. Hahaha
Anonymous
posted: 11:26 am
This could teach our boys that scoring winning goals is significant in this game n not relying from other teams perfomances. 1 culd see that in our team towards the dying minutes of the game. Why Khune had 2 fake bng injured instead of a fighting spirit til the final whistle. We saw him showing fans time sign in his post afta bng attended to. I'd undrstand if he did that we were leading. What was he defending..!!? M very ANGRY AR A SOUTH AFRICAN!
Anonymous
posted: 11:27 am
Bafana Bafana didn't know about this because they celebrate & i don't CAF @ all.
Anonymous
posted: 11:42 am
Why Nemantandani commented as we'v already done a good job... Shame on u "president.". I supported u when u were "chosen" 2 lead SAFA, but wt 2 blunders wtin 30 days, u realy make me wonder...a disapointed South Afrian
Anonymous
posted: 11:52 am
Cannot start to express how disappointing this is. Someone must be charged for treason. This is a total heartache to the nation.
Anonymous
posted: 12:04 pm
We need a commission of inquiry. Mr Minister, haul the whole team. Get them down to the deepest mine in SA and leave them there for a week so they can reflect on this outcome.
Anonymous
posted: 02:43 pm
Se ileng se abo se ile Mzanzi. Its tym Pitso,Khune,Simphiwe,Jali n Killer learn frm the All Kazi boys(Zebras).Hope the Afcon will b live frm SABC coz with or without your support Zebras gonna upset a lot of teams there n even win the cup
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 06:55 pm
GREETINGS TO ALL SOUTH AFRICANS. I WOULD LIKE TO EXPERSS MY DISSAPPOINTMENT WITH OUR TECHNICAL TEAM... IT CLEALY SHOWS THEY DON'T REALLY CARE ABOUT THE RULES.

AND THOSE STUPID SABC COMMENTATORS, THE LESS SAID ABOUT THEM THE BETTER... HEHEHE... SA'S NUMBER 1... STUPID IDIOTS. EVEN IF THE RULES AS IT STANDS ALLOWS US TO QUALIFY, HOW CAN YOU SETTLE FOR A DRAW AT HOME. AND YOU START TO FAKE INJURIES AND KILL THE MOMENTUM OF THE GAME. I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED WITH PITSO. DEFENDING AT HOME. BANANA HAS NOW BECOME THE LAUGHING STOKE OF ALL AFRICAN TEAMS.

HE COULD HAVE MADE HIS SUBSTITUTIONS EARLY... CONSIDERING THE FACT THAT WE WERE FAILING TO BREAK THE OPPONENT'S DEFENCE. WE NEEDED SOMEONE WITH BRAINS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. I WON'T EVEN COMMENT ABOUT PARKER... THE BOY IS NOT EVEN DOING IT FOR HIS TEAM. WHERE THE HELL IS THE LIKES OF FANTEIN, ERUSMUS, ETC???

I THINK IT'S A BLESSING IN DISGUISE THAT WE DIDN'T QUALIFY... PITSO WOULD BE FOOLED THAT HE'S ON THE RIGHT TRACK. WE HAVE QUALITY IN THE COUNTRY IT'S JUST THAT THEY ARE NOT BEING USED BY THE COACH. EVEN THOUGH I DON'T WANT A FOREIGN COACH TO COACH OUR TEAM, I'M STARTING TO DOUBT PITSO'S ABILITIES.

ADVICE TO PITSO, YOU DON'T JUST KEEP A PLAYER IN THE FIELD JUST BECAUSE HE SCORED SOME FLUKE GOAL IN THE PAST. IF HE'S NOT IN THE GAME ON THE DAY, TAKE HIM OUT AND GIVE OTHERS A CHANCE. THIS IS HOW OUR ALL-TIME TOP GOAL SCORER FOR BB WAS DISCOVERED. TAKE A RISK AND IT MIGHT PAY OFF. SOMETHING MUST CHANGE IN THE TEAM... WE CAN'T ACCEPT MEDIOCRITY... KNOW THE RULES OF THE GAMES
sledimajustice@yahoo.com
posted: 08:01 am
Plz Mr Kirsten Nemadentane, do not waste your time by making apeal, we fail to qualify, does all. our boy do not fight for their state. every one was happy thinking that we make it to afcon, but the rules has made, so lets start building now.
Anonymous
posted: 09:07 am
Khune is an idiot. Kirsten, Pitso and Tshabalala are also morons. Read the rules first before you start the game.
Anonymous
posted: 09:47 am
i was thinking safa n caf robbed us by the way now i understand why we do not qualify....and am feeling so bad about nt being in the debation as the country ....lets hope next time we will work hard...to the players i say..guys pease dont loose hope keep it up
Equinox
posted: 10:52 am
Eish this is an embarrassment to the players, technical team and the South African football body as a whole. When I remember how the players and the technical team were celebrating at the end of the game I feel ashamed because it means all the players and atleast the technical team knew nothing about the rules.
So this calls for the players to be educated about the rules and be notified of all the possibilities that can happen in games like this one.Like during the game the guys were relaxed as they thought a draw was enough for them to qualify instead of pushing harder. Even the commentators were lost as the also thought a draw was enough when they heard the results from Cairo, which means no one was aware of this trap.
I remember after Botswana beat Chad 1-0 everyone thought we have qualified but the jounarlists were quick to tell people that it is not yet over as there was a possibility of Togo pulling out which could have meant the points other teams have collected against them would not have counted and bearing this in mind the zebras went to the next game against Malawi with a determination for points as Malawi was a threat.
But all is not lost for Bafana , it is back to the drawing board and preparations for next competitions starts here as pointing out fingers won't help.Good luck next time
Equinox, Gabs, Botswana
thabani1980
posted: 01:38 pm
Sorry Khune. You are a soccer player, yet you don't understand the rules. This rule was put in place some years back. If you remember in 2006 world cup, Angola went to the world cup ahead of Nigeria because of that same rule and Nigeria never complained. Check that group again. Angola had a goal difference of +6 yet Nigeria had a goal difference of +14. The head to head results were as follows between the concerned teams.Angola 1-0 Nigeria and Nigeria 1-1 Angola. Angola had 4 pts while Nigeria had 1. It didn't matter that nigeria had a better goal difference by far. That the rule Khume, Pitso, Nematandani and other.

Group 4
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Angola 10 6 3 1 12 6 +6 21
Nigeria 10 6 3 1 21 7 +14 21
Zimbabwe 10 4 3 3 13 14 −1 15
Gabon 10 2 4 4 11 13 −2 10
Algeria 10 1 5 4 8 15 −7 8
Rwanda 10 1 2 7 6 16 −10 5

Good luck SAFA for you appeal, but you won't win this case.

Also note that the same rule is applied for the Euro 2012 as well. So we can't cry now.
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