By FOCUS REPORTER
Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has undergone an MRI scan which confirmed a bruise but nothing too serious. Tshabalala was substituted on Sunday, October 10 after he was kicked on the left hip during Bafana Bafana’s 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The MRI scan was conducted by the doctor of the national team immediately after the squad’s arrival from West Africa.
It is not clear when the midfielder will be back in action, but his club Kaizer Chiefs will monitor him and conduct further assessments later this week.
Meanwhile Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane, and the South African Football Association (Safa) technical director, Serame Letsoaka, are in Cairo, Egypt for the FIFA/CAF World Cup Symposium. The gathering is held every four years after the FIFA World Cup tournament.
The objective of the symposium is to create a platform for technical and tactical analysis of the first World Cup organized on the African continent. In view of the development of football in Africa, the symposium will be about security, organization, infrastructure, medical cares and others.
Mosimane and Letsoaka left for North Africa on Monday night, October 11, just a few hours after the Bafana head coach arrived from a 13-hour flight from Sierra Leone. The symposium runs from October 13 – 15.
Fifty three national associations affiliated to CAF – including the five that was at the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament, South Africa, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast – will be represented by their head coach and technical director.
Confederation of African Football (CAF) President Issa Hayatou will open the workshop on Wednesday, October 13 in Cairo.
Coaches Vicente Del Bosque Gonzalez and Hassan Shehata will be the special guests at the symposium. Del Bosque guided Spain to victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while Shehata led Egypt to their third consecutive continental crown in the Orange African Cup of Nations 2010 in Angola earlier this year. The two strategists will share their experiences with participants at the two-day seminar.