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Nigeria make formal complaint over AYC pitch

African Youth Championship pitch in poor state

Posted: 19 April 2011 Time: 09:37 pm

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have made a formal complaint to the local organisers of the African Youth Championship (AYC) over the poor state of the pitch at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg. 

The stadium is planned to host all but two matches in the 28-match schedule of the AYC, but all the teams have complained that the muddy and uneven playing surface caused by the rains has worked against them thus far.   "The poor condition of the pitch has affected the quality of play and denied the players the opportunity to display their skills," read the formal complaint signed by NFF assistant general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.   "The condition of the pitch has kept deteriorating match by match. Using the pitch for the next matches will not only affect the quality of the play and entertainment, but also expose the players to injury."   The NFF have therefore urged the organisers to move the remaining matches to a more suitable venue. 

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Article by: Colin Udoh

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Anonymous
posted: 11:22 pm
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atosandy
posted: 11:38 pm
CAF should move d matches 2 a more suiltable venue. For crying out loud, SA ve good stadia, and i dont think there was much persuassion bf they accept 2 host dis championship. Why putting up dis attitude.
atosandy
posted: 11:40 pm
CAF should move d matches 2 a more suiltable venue. For crying out loud, SA ve good stadia, and i dont think there was much persuassion bf they accept 2 host dis championship. Why putting up dis attitude.
luise-hero
posted: 11:53 pm
shame on south-africans after showing the world they has competence stadium only to show the world how poor they can manage them am sad African don,t respect an African tournament even Caf has is own blame to share on this why we they allow such a bad pitch to be use ,,please something urgent has to be done Caf
Anonymous
posted: 12:12 am
Garvey: 2011-04-19 11:34
@Connerstone - If you are so sure that Garvey is a Ghanaian then you are either very new on this forum or you've been blind all along. It is so silly for Africans to post derogatory comments about one another just because of football. If you have played football before in your life then you will know that you dont win all the time in a game of football. You win some and you lose some and football is not war.

@ Garvey, to tell you the truth, I really don't care if you're a Nigerian or a Ghanian! You write as if you are the publisher or the executive editor of KON! Unless you've been living under a rock, inside a cave located on another planet - while also in a coma, you should know that I am not new to this forum and you can not speak for me! How
do you know if someone has played football before just by reading their post? Did you read my write up clearly? I don't think so. It is either you were itching for a fight or craving for attention. Me? I believe it's both!!!!
sml_wale
posted: 01:50 am
Why would SA accept to host this tournament if they knew they cannot guarantee good playing surfaces? I've always held them high in term of organisation but now? Even CAF should take some blame for this shame they bring to africa. The whole system needs restructuring. Haba that pitch is appalling!
Philosopher`
posted: 02:25 am
What happen to other pitches that were used during the world cup? Safa, you are gradually showing your self that you are not even better than NFF.

If not for the unfortunate incident that is going on in Libya, we probably wondnt have issues like this.
The word.
posted: 04:40 am
sorry everybody from moving away from the topic......this player doesnt look like someone less than 21 years to me.

i dont know why SA will do this to africa? will they use this venue, if supposing other countries outside african need to participate? do you think they fixed american or european teams to play on this pitch? NO. who is fooling who? we are the enemy of ourselves. we are the ones impeding the progress of ourselves.another question.

1.DID CAF INSPECTED THIS VENUE BEFORE OR AFTER AWADING THIS COMPETITION TO SA?
2. WHY DID CAF OR SAFA DECIDED TO USE ONLY ONE VENUE FOR MOST OF THE MATCHES.?
3.WHICH COMPANY[S] IS SPONSORING THIS COMPETITION?
Anonymous
posted: 07:57 am
How come Nigeria had won the championship a record of 5times and haven't defeated Ghana? Where was Ghana when Nigeria won it 5times? Well, my predictions on this present championship is, Ghana, Egypt, Mali and Nigeria to make the semis and Nigeria to meet Ghana/Egypt at the final.
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AbienapeMsanzifinest
posted: 09:28 am
@The word: I think ppl are being UNFAIR TO SAFA and South Africans; first South Africa did not bid to host the championship, instead CAF asked GHANA & RSA to assist in the interim; GHANA excused itself by saying they cant afford it at this juncture: I quote CAF on "GOAL.COM“We decided to move the African Youth Championship to South Africa and it will be played from 17 April to 2 May,” says CAF President Issa Hayatou. “The Executive Committee took that decision on Tuesday.” Again South Africa only had to give CAF government guarantees not Financial Guarantees; instead CAF had to raise its own money from thier existing sponsors like ORGANGE; STANBIC BANK; SANSUI and others; accomodation; training facilities; transport; stadias; security and other logistics are paid off by the Provincial Government of Gauteng and the Department of Sports and Culture, in reference to the Questions;"Why not utilise World Cup Stadiums???from CAF point of view; it is expensive to lease or Rent Soccer City or Ellis Park Stadiums; and other Smaller Stadiums used as Training Facilities during the World Cup were available like RAND STADIUM; but CAF also could not afford to rent them as it is expensive; regarding Maintanance of Stadius in South Africa; WE ARE STILL THE BEST EVEN BEFORE THE WORLD CUP; OUR FOOTBALL STADIUMS WERE AT PAR WITH THE BEST IN THE WORLD, the Only challenge i blame SAFA & CAF;knowing that the tournament will be hosted during the rainy period in GAUTENG; they were suppose to make available four stadiums and sacrifice some money; BELIEEV ME DOBSONVILLE STADIUM is a world class facility with good drainage system; but realistically no stadium can take more than four games every second day under RAINY CONDITIONS. LET NT BE IGNORANT OF THE FACTS HERE.

AbienapeMsanzifinest
posted: 09:41 am
Guyz this issue of one Stadium Pitch has nothing to do with other existing stadiums; in GAUTENG ALONE There are more than 10 to 15 World Class stadiums with an avarage of 5 000 to 50 0000 in exception to FNB/SOCCER CITY or ELLIS PARK that can accomodate any World Class tournament. BUt remember the facilities belongs to the community and municipalities or even certain Teams/Clubs, and money is involved; if CAF is not prepared to pay up for facilities then this is the results; but that is not an excuse not to prepare good pitches; again even SOCCER CITY PITCH will not survice 18 matches on the trot under rainy conditions; I HOPE THE STURBORN CAF & SAFA officials are listening and they will agree to move the games to other stadiums like ATTRIDGVILLE SUPER STADIUM; SINABA; MEHLARENG; KATLEHONG; RAND STADIUM; GERMINSTON; JOHANNEBURG STADIUM; MILPARK STADIUM ETC
iron kurtain
posted: 10:30 am
nape abel is right
Anonymous
posted: 11:00 am
@Connerstone- …...............
AbienapeMsanzifinest
posted: 11:05 am
@iron kurtain:Again..arguing that South Africans are not taking other Africans seriously in terms of organization and planning compared to European clubs or teams when playing in South Africa; is also unjustified; when looking at the fact that SAFA understood that other African countries did not wnt to take the responsibility of hosting at a Short notice; they agreed and further more the best possible facilities where offered like Rand Stadium, but CAF mentioned matters of Costs as reasons to limit the number of stadiums, going forward i just expect the the football leaders both in CAF and SAFA Will adhered to NIGERIA and other nations complained and agree to more stadiums, i blv it wil also attract more ppl to the games considering that the entrance is free and if games are spread evenly in the province more ppl will go, rather than sticking to the muddy DOBSONVILLE Stadium only,the situation is not ideal to SAFA AND CAF or African football for that matter. The damage is huge to correct infront of World football audience.
AbienapeMsanzifinest
posted: 11:26 am
SOCCER STADIUMS USED BY PSL
SOUTH AFRICA SPORTS FAILITIES

SOCCER STADIUMS USED BY PSL
1. Peter Mokaba Stadium 46 000 all-seater--Chiefs FC
2. Mbombela Stadium 43 500 all-seater--Blacks Aces FC
3. Pumas Rugby Witbank @lantic Stadium 20 000--Blacks Aces FC
4. Soccer City Stadium 95 000-100 000 all-seater-- Chiefs FC
5. Investec 'Milpark' Stadium 12 000 - - Wits University FC
6. Orlando Stadium 40 000 all-seater --Orlando Pirates FC
7. M. Moripe Stadium 25 000 - - Supersport + Sundowns FC
8. Royal Bafokeng Stadium 42 000 all-seater --Platinum Stars FC
9. Makhulong Stadium 25 000 all-seater --Platinum Stars FC
10. Goble Park 20 000 - - FS Stars FC
11. Seisa Ramabodu Stadium 20 000 - - Celtics FC
12. Moses Mabhida Stadium 70 000 all-seater --Amazulu FC
13. Harry Gwala Stadium 10 000 - - Maritzburg FC
14. Chatsworth Stadium 22 000 - - Arrows FC
15. Nelson Mandela Stadium 48 459 all-seater (not used yet after WC)
17. Athlone Stadium 30 000 - Santos FC
18. Cape Town Stadium 69 070 all-seater -Ajax FC
19. Phillippi Stadium 8 000 all-seater -Ajax FC

2010 WC TRAINING VENUES USED BY NFD (Mvela 1st Divison)

1. Johannesburg Stadium 37 500 1995 all-seater
2. Pietersburg Stadium 35 000 1976 -
3. Rand Soccer Stadium 30 000 1951 -
4. Olympia Park Stadium 30 000 1989 -
5. Pam Brink Stadium 25 000 - -
6. Vosloorus Stadium 25 000 -
7. Ad**** Stadium 20 000 - -
8. Pilditch Stadium 20 000 - -
9. Thohoyandou Stadium 20 000 - -
10. Charles Mopeli Stadium 35 000 - -
11. Bellville Stadium 20 000 - -
12. Katlehong City Stadium 20 000 - -
13. East London Buffalo City Stadium 16 000
14. Sebokeng Iscor Stadium 15 000
15. Makhulong Stadium 15 000 - -
16. Princess Magogo Stadium 12 000 - -
16. Seshego Stadium 15 000 - -
17. King Goodwill Zwelithini 10 000 - -

RUGBY STADIUMS

Vodacom Park 48 000 1995 all-seater --Cheetahs
Coca-Cola Park 62 567 1928 all-seater --Lions
ABSA Stadium 55 000 1891 all-seater ---Sharks
Loftus Versfeld 51 762 1924 all-seater ---Bulls
Newlands Stadium 50 900 1989 all-seater--Stormers
Rugby Kimberley ABSA Park 18 000 --Griquas
Puma Stadium 15 000 - - Pumas
Outeniqua Park 10 000 - - WP

CRICKET STADIUM

Kingsmead Cricket Ground 25 000 1923 -
Newlands Cricket Ground
St. Georges Park
Pietermaritzburg Oval
Continues......
AbienapeMsanzifinest
posted: 11:43 am
LATEST FROM AYC 2011 SOUTH AFRICA: CAF STATED THAT DOBSONVILLE STADIUM WILL STILL REAMAIN THE MAIN VENUE:
CAF raise concern over Mali eligibility


Mali players posing for a team picture20 April 2011

Officials of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have raised concern over the ages of the players of Mali in the ongoing African Youth Championship.

The Young Eagles of Mali, parading several six-footers, literally bullied hosts South Africa 4-2 in the opening match of the AYC on Sunday.

A top CAF official told MTNFootball.com: "The issue of the ages of the players of Mali has been discussed at the organising committee. We’re still studying the situation."

Local fans have also raised eyebrows over the true ages of Mali, Ghana and Cameroon in this year’s AYC.

"It seems they mistook the AYC for the Africa Cup of Nations," said one angry fan.

Age cheating has been rife in age-grade competitions in Africa.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests to detect age cheats was introduced at this year’s African Junior Championship in Rwanda.

CAF disqualified Niger from the 2009 African Junior Championship in Algeria when they were able to establish that at least two of the players from that team were beyond the age allowed for the Under-17 tournament.

In the meantime, CAF will stick with the widely disparaged pitch of the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto for the group matches of the AYC.

As already slated, Milpark Stadium will only stage one of each of the last group games on Saturday and Sunday, while Dobsonville host the other two simultaneously at the weekend.
Anonymous
posted: 12:15 pm
The most important thing to us (NIGERIAN) is the three maximum point..that is Africa for you after all none of this home base player will say they have never had experience playing on that type of field before now , Nigeria players should put in their very best this should not be an excuse for failure all at all...
Anonymous
posted: 12:17 pm
The most important thing to us (NIGERIAN) is the three maximum point..that is Africa for you after all none of this home base player will say they have never had experience playing on that type of field before now , Nigeria players should put in their very best this should not be an excuse for failure all at all...
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