beachesl Posted June 26, 2005 Share Posted June 26, 2005 South Africa out of the Gold Cup:(? Who would replace them at the last minute? A small Carribean Island? I would go for Haiti. If they do come, they will probably have an extremely weak squad. Unlike the CONCACAF teams, there is no way that the South African Association can force the clubs to release their players for another confederation's championship under FIFA rules. There is a bit of a crisis in South African soccer right now, mainly because of the poor WCQ record. They are tied for Ghana for the lead of their Group (only the first place qualifies), but they lose on the head-to-head, and their last two matches are a lot more difficult than Ghana's, so odds are they will not be in Germany. The related article you can access from this one says that they are concentrating on getting a squad together for a camp in Germany at the end of August to prepare for the September 3 WCQ match in Burkina Faso (from which they return to Germany to play a friendly on September 7 in Bremen). They are also having problems getting their act together on the World Cup 2010 preparation. My half-prediction is that they fail to meet FIFA's demands on infrastructure and the tournament is given to England or the US two years or so before. ----------------------------------------- from a South Afreakin news site: http://www.news24.com/News24/Sport/Soccer/0,,2-9-840_1726913,00.html Bafana looking for an exit 24/06/2005 17:25 - (SA) Bafana to prepare in Germany Safa and Bafana caught unawares Johannesburg - The Bafana Bafana technical team have approached Safa with the objective of cancelling South Africa's participation in next month's 12-team Concacaf Gold Cup championship. However, they have been informed that the country is under a firm commitment to play in the United States and nothing can be done at this stage. The latest development in the crisis that could critically embarrass South African soccer at the most inopportune moment, with qualifaction for next year's World Cup Finals in Germany hanging in the balance, was revealed on Friday by Bafana general manager Stanley "Screamer" Tshabalala. "We are due to open our Gold Cup programme against Mexico, the sixth-best rated team in the world on July 8," added Tshabalala, "and clubs like Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs are offering us their reserves because of their Vodacom Challenge commitment - an unofficial, privately-arranged event." Peace Cup Mamelodi Sundowns, competing against world-class opposition in the Peace Cup in South Korea next month, are similarly unsympathetic to Bafana's predicament and Ajax Cape Town are committed to African Champions League fixtures and are understandably reluctant to release any of their players. In addition, South Africa's strong complement of overseas-based players have almost unanimously declared their unavailability for the Gold Cup because of club training commitment for the new season in Europe. Only Katlego Mphela and Siyabonga Nomvete of the foreign-based players have thus far said they are available. "It's a farcical situation," said Tshababala. "South Africa's soccer reputation in America will be judged by performances in the Gold Cup - yet we are set to be represented by what now seems certain to be a makeshift squad against a combination of Mexico's calibre - with 80 000 Mexicans urging their team on for the game in Los Angeles." Danny Jordaan The invitation for South Africa to play as "a guest nation" in the North and Central American Gold Cup was accepted by then-Safa CEO Danny Jordaan - with little or no thought seemingly given by Safa to the implications. And the unrealisitic "eat your cake and hope to have it" mentality has left South African soccer in a pickle. Either PSL clubs need to be told that Bafana games take preference over unofficial tournaments - or Safa must bow down meekly, accept the whims of the clubs in this respect and not arrange international games when they cannot assemble something resembling a full-strength combination. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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