Fifa decides against downgrading Bafana-Spain friendly

2013-11-28 13:30

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The South African Football Association (Safa) has welcomed world football governing body Fifa’s decision to classify Bafana Bafana’s 1-0 win over Spain an “A” international friendly.

Fifa today said it had taken into account that both South Africa and Spain had agreed on the conditions of the match, and thus did not see any reasons for the hosts to suffer negative consequences as a result.

This comes after Spain used more than the maximum of six substitutes stipulated by the laws of the game when goalkeeper Valdez limped out and had to be replaced by Pepe Reina.

Safa president Danny Jordaan said today he never had doubts Fifa would classify the match accordingly.

Jordaan said Safa did nothing wrong and said Fifa did the right thing.

“I have always maintained we did everything according to the book and I am happy we have been vindicated. History will always say we are the first African country to beat world champions as this has never happened.

“Those young boys will go down in the history books as having beaten Spain on the African continent,” said Jordaan.

Bafana have not moved an inch in the latest Fifa rankings released today. They are still perched at the 61st position in the world, although they improved a spot on the African standings – from 12 to 11.

Jordaan said they had already received numerous calls from countries which wanted to play Bafana after their triumph over Spain.

“We will announce soon another big-name country which we will play. It is our belief that these boys should play against top countries to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. We need to start preparing them now.”

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