Sao Tome to 'host' Bafana in SA

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SAFA have confirmed that Bafana Bafana's upcoming back-to-back 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sao Tome and Principe will both be played in South Africa.

Bafana are set to face Sao Tome in their third and fourth round fixtures in Group C this month as they look to take a step closer to the continental showpiece in Cameroon.

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Currently in second position behind Ghana, with one defeat and one victory thus far, Molefi Ntseki's charges will be looking to claim six points from the upcoming two encounters against the 182nd FIFA-ranked islanders.

Their chances of doing so have now been boosted with an agreement signed between the two football associations that both fixtures will be played in South Africa.

Bafana were scheduled to host the first fixture in Durban on November 13 (19h00), before travelling off the coast of Guinea for the return leg in Sao Tome.

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However, the STFF have agreed to play their 'home' fixture in Port Elizabeth on November 16 (15h00), due to the ongoing travel restrictions amid the Covid-19 pandemic that may cause logistical issues.

"The two countries mutually agreed that due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, it was in the best interest of the two that they do everything in their power to safeguard the interest of players and officials. Therefore, both parties agreed that the first and return leg matches will all be played in South Africa," read a statement from SAFA.

"In this respect, SAFA undertakes to bear the costs of the travel [round-trip flight] of the National Team of Sao Tome and its officials.

"SAFA also undertakes to bear the costs of the accommodation of the National Team of Sao Tome and its officials during the period deemed necessary."

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