Safa seeks new venue for Bafana Bafana clash against CAR

The South African Football Association will write a letter to Caf requesting a venue change for South Africa’s clash against Central African Republic on June 9

Safa has decided to be proactive in requesting a venue change for South Africa’s World Cup qualification match against Central African Republic on June 9th this year.

Following the news of the deaths of 13 South African soldiers in the war-torn nation, Safa President Kirsten Nematandani has requested a neutral venue for the clash.

“We will write a letter to CAF seeking to know the solution as we don’t want to be caught with our pants down,” Nematandani said.

“Obviously we are saddened by the news that civil war is taking centre stage in CAR and that we have already lost 13 soldiers, but we must also plan ahead.

“We sympathise with the people of that republic and we hope peace quickly prevails again.”

Gordon Igesund’s side defeated CAR 2-0 on Saturday and currently sit second in Group A of African 2014 World Cup qualification. The side is set to meet both CAR and Ethiopia away in June, with their final match being a home game against Botswana.

Igesund’s influence on the Bafana Bafana squad has been noted by Safa and the association is happy with giving the coach everything he desires as he looks to secure a berth into the next round of World Cup qualification.

Igesund is currently working on a plan to train in Saudi Arabia for Bafana’s two back-to-back away games, due to the improved facilities in the country.    

“The coach has always received all the support he wants. We are waiting for him to tell us what he needs and all we must do is to provide all the support as the importance of qualifying to Brazil next year cannot be over-emphasised.

“The win was good for the nation and while we are moaning the death of our soldiers in CAR after we played well, we hope that the road becomes clearer for the national team to play.”