Safa monitoring the situation in Central African Republic
Posted: 25 March 2013 Time: 5:04 pm
Safa officials say they are monitoring the situation in Central African Republic ahead of Bafana Bafana’s World Cup qualifier return leg in June.
Bafana beat CAR 2-0 in Cape Town on Saturday, the very night 13 South African National Defence Force troops were killed and 27 wounded in CAR’s capital of Bangui.
South Africa sent 400 troops to CAR in January in an attempt to bring about stability in the region, but rebels seized control of Bangui at the weekend, forcing CAR President Francois Bozize to flee into the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Safa says it is keeping a close eye on these “extraordinary circumstances”.
“Following the grave political situation unfolding in the Central African Republic we have received numerous media enquiries regarding the safety of Bafana Bafana during the return match in Bangui scheduled for June 2013,” Safa’s statement reads.
“We would like to point out that, while the scheduled return match is still months away, we are very concerned by the apparent instability and are closely monitoring events and developments on the ground. Our concern is heightened by the fact that the military activity occurred between our troops and the insurgents who appear to be in control of the capital, Bangui.
“Given these extraordinary circumstances, we will communicate with our government and Fifa to inform them of our concern for our team’s safety.
“We will keep our supporters informed of any new developments in this regard.”
Safa also extended condolences to the SANDF members who lost their lives, and wished a speedy recovery to those wounded.