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Safa monitoring the situation in Central African Republic

Posted: 25 March 2013 Time: 17:04

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.

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Previous comments on this story...

Takesure RDS
posted: 05:12 pm
Lets hope the boys will not be shaking come june.
we dont want to see more of the Mateba dance and Hlokoloza dance
El Sol
posted: 05:15 pm
Jah neh, Africa..they should travel with iSANDF & not small boys shall make the certainly won't be easy..well, impossible is nothing..sobona khona!!
posted: 05:17 pm
South Africa r to hurmony.we were also having an advantage to fight back.but anyway fair play.fair relationshp
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 05:30 pm
This boyz wil neva feel safe there
zizobuya la!
Like it or not, Shaba is a National Icon
posted: 05:34 pm
May the souls of my country men rest in peace.

Next time, Mr. Jacob Zuma, as the commander in chief, must lead the troops himself to these so called peace keeping missions. How on earth do peace keepers carry heavy ammunitions. nxa suka,

Love and Peace, Rise and Rise
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 05:35 pm
We Can't go & Play in CAR. Is Like Flaying Plane on Top of Bermuda Triangle. But if FIFA or CAF Refuses to Give us an Altenative Country to play our Game aganst CAR We Have No Problem we will Send the GALAXY of Ghost to Fight for the Nation. I'm Toking about abo Andile Jali, Mahamutsa, Kelepu, The Great Impact in Bafana uMayambela,abo Mabena, oJele Ndibalantoni Nna. Peace & Love......
Deloca K4L
posted: 05:49 pm
Mayambela is a khosi fan..nd he wil alwayz he wil neva play at naturena.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 06:39 pm
SAFA just hire Kalabanel (rifles gallore), Lekgwathi (okapi star) & Mhlongo (our own Rambo) to bodyguard our team in the return leg...
posted: 06:54 pm
This is a game where the likes of Jali is needed most. We need players with arrogance and short fuse to survive the rebel's ambush
posted: 06:59 pm
May the souls of those SANDF members rest in peace & deep felt condolences 2 their families & friends.

On a lighter note: this thing is easy I don't know why SAFA is making a big deal out of this when we have a solution in the form of the toothless one (Khoza). Ask Tinkler about the toothless one's expertise in situations like these he will tell u. So SAFA stop bullshitting book a double ticket 4 Khoza & his galfriend Manto 2 accompany Bafana 2 CAR & pay out his balance on Chisanyama debt account in turn end of story then every1 will be safe.
posted: 06:59 pm
May their souls rest in peace. Let's hope Bafana Bafana will be safe lapha
Sekitla R4
posted: 07:10 pm
To be honest and fair, FIFA must never allow this game to take place in such a country where there is no stability. In the first place the president of that country himself has fled the country and you can imagine who is going to guard our boys when the country's National force were students of the SANDF. Will the hotel be safe?
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 08:02 pm
@Gold & Black Rhino and the_realist@mobi can you guys stop it now, some of us are trying to sleep I have laughed its enough for today.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 08:08 pm
This is one game whereby we will need a mixture colonel's rifles, Mhlongo's 9mm, Lekgwathi's okapi, Myeni's looks, Phil Setshedi's fixing skills, Sangweni's engrish & gogo Maminzela's mentrual blood to intimidate those CAR idiots...
Captain Morgan
posted: 08:16 pm
With YeYe in front no rebel will stand in our way!!
CJB Ramses III
posted: 08:25 pm
Theres to much chitty-chatting about this.... 13....? it is too much... where is the leadership...? this is no longer about peace-keeping... why is Zuma not at WaterKloof wearing his military uniform sending out 15 Fighter-Cheetah Jets to CAR...?

The rebels have asked for it as rules of engagement have been broken... and we must respond in-kind...

This is a challenge to South Africa & a provocation on our military and our defense... time for diplomacy has to be buried... it's time to show our strength & resolve on the continent...

We cannot sit-back & talk about being proud whilst our people are being killed like this...

And finally tax-payers money can go to work with all the arms sitting dormant after the controversial Arms-Deals...

Our Mickey-Mouse Foreign Policy must be thrown out the window... We must show our strength - the opportunity has risen...!
Aldair Applegates
posted: 08:44 pm
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 09:16 pm
This is where The Colonel can be useful.

Eric Tinkler can narrate the AK47 story better. We are protected as long as we have the chairman.
Sekitla R4
posted: 09:24 pm
Yep! It's true what they say about one eyed person in the land of the blind...sorry I commented
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 09:38 pm
@Orlando Piri-Piri Fans... Were is Dr Colenel Khoza Military Army Soldiers to Invade CAR. These is a Long Journey Ahead of us & Wishing the Bafana Bapirates All the Best. Don't Forget Sabmarine & The Aircraft Yacht! Captain Zelenchukskaya aka Lekgwathi Warns the Citezens of CAR that He's is Not Alone but He Got the Troops & Leading by General Commandor Jahre Viking aka Roger Dlisa. Love & Peace...
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