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SA Football Association Technical Director, Neil Tovey, defends Bafana’s AFCON campaign

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Bafana Bafana move up to 73rd on FIFA world rankings and stay 14th in Africa

SAFA technical director Neil Tovey has condemned the criticism on Bafana Bafana after a muddy 0 – 0 draw against Libya on Saturday, 8 September 2018.

Bafana failed to take the ever-essential advantage every teams needs to grab when playing at home in international football.

Stuart Baxter’s charges did themselves the disfavour, and thus find themselves just one point ahead of West African giants Nigeria, who beat Seychelles 3-0 in the other group fixture.

The situation has since sent the country’s football lovers into a state of unease, given the similarities of dropping points in their own back yard during their failed 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign last year.

“I understand that people are aggrieved because we need to win our home matches, but at the same time we are well on our way to qualification [for AFCON],” Tovey told the media.

Tovey further insists everything is still well on course ahead of back-to-back fixtures against The Pirates, who are ranked 188th in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings.

“I mean, why’s everyone getting excited about not qualifying? There’s two places up for grabs, not one, and we’ve got to do the job against Seychelles and I’m sure that we will,” said the Bafana legend.

“That will take us to 10 points if we hopefully do the job – not to get too far ahead of ourselves, so why’s everybody jumping up and down?”

“We’ll have 10 points with Nigeria to play at home and Libya away, and they will be taking points off each other. So I don’t think we’re in a crisis like everybody’s making it out to be,” concluded the outspoken Technical Director.

Siseko Gwegwe
s.gwegwe@politicalanalysis.co.za

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