Pitso accuses Pharaohs of double standards

2011-02-26 15:53

Bafana Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane has accused Egypt of double standards in asking for the postponement of their African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier against his charges but not other continental fixtures involving their clubs.

It has emerged that Egyptian side Zamalek will this afternoon play Kenyan side Ulinzi in the second leg of the Caf Champions’ League at home.

According to media reports, the Egyptian football authorities have asked the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to postpone the game to June because of the recent political upheaval in the country.

Mosimane argued, though, that if Zamalek and Al Ahly could continue with their continental commitments, the national team could do the same.

Al Ahly are expected to face ­SuperSport United next month, a week before the Bafana game.

United’s commercial manager Jose Ferreira said they had not received anything from Al Ahly, and even if they did they would not entertain it. He said the rules stated clearly that in situations like this only one game could take place.

“I am just trying to establish which day they will play the game, but it has been a mission to get to them because their league is rescheduling their domestic fixtures and until they have their programme in order we will not know when exactly the game is.

“But we will definitely play on the weekend of March 19/20,” Ferreira said.

Mosimane said until he got correspondence from Caf he would go ahead with preparations for the March 26 match.
“Nothing has changed from our side, and we are busy ­preparing for this game because it is the biggest clash of my tenure so far.”

He said he was happy that the pieces were falling into place, with almost all his key players getting runs at their clubs.

“(David) Somma is scoring and I am also happy that KG (Kagisho Dikgacoi) is playing regularly now and “Killer” (Katlego Mphela) is back at Sundowns as well. Things are looking positive for the team.”

He said a lot went into organising a game and it would not be easy to change plans at the last minute.

Bafana are currently top of the Afcon Group G after two games with four points, while Egypt – the defending champions – are struggling in fourth place with one point.

Niger are second on three points after beating Egypt at home, while Sierra Leone are third on two points.

A loss for Egypt will all but rule them out of the race to qualify for the Gabon/Equatorial Guinea tournament next year.

» Meanwhile, national Under-23 manager Barney Kujane said the team would prepare to host Libya on the same weekend.

He said they had not received any correspondence from Libya, a country which is also experiencing violent political ­instability.

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