We are sorry, Nematandani and Petersen


THE SA Football Association (SAFA) president Kirsten Nematandeni and the organisation’s chief executive officer, Dr Robin Petersen has unconditionally apologized to the nation for Bafana Bafana’s failure to make it in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

 Bafana failed to book their position in the continental show-piece for the second time after having failed to do so last year during the competition which was held in Angola.

The apology by Nematandani and Petersen follows a heavy blow on SAFA as the nation together with the team celebrated a false victory after the drawn match against Sierra Leone at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga’s capital which everyone in the camp was under the impression that the team had qualify for the 2012 AFCON to be jointly hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.  

 “As the president of SAFA, I would like to own up and say we are profoundly sorry for letting the nation down. The association believes that given the available resources and talent in South Africa, the failure was inexcusable,” said Nematandani.

Petersen apologised on behalf of the coach and fully supports Nematandani as the administrative and technical team should have been aware of the CAF rules.

“We have accepted the coach’s apology to the association, and have undertaken to give him the support he needs to build Bafana into a winning team,” he said.

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