‘It’s an unfair rule,’ says Khune after Bafana fails to qualify for Afcon 2012

2011-10-11 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Itumeleng Khune admits Bafana Bafana were blindsided by ignorance after failing to qualify for Afcon 2012 at the weekend.

Bafana, who are appealing their elimination with Caf, thought they were in next year’s showpiece after drawing 0-0 with Sierra Leone on Saturday night.

The result left them, Niger and the Leone Stars locked on eight points in Group G, with Bafana enjoying a superior goal difference — helped largely by Egypt’s 3-0 thrashing of the Mena on the same night.

Wild celebrations immediately followed the final whistle at Mbombela Stadium before Caf revealed Niger were the group winners, as per the regulations, as they enjoyed a better head-to-head ratio against their rivals.

Khune is still battling to reconcile the disappointment and incorrectly asserts the rules were changed after Saturday’s clash.

“It’s an unfair rule …How can they [Caf] just change the rules at the end of the game? If we had been told about this rule before the game, we surely would have had a different approach.”

Khune was accused of time-wasting in the dying stages of the game after repeatedly requesting medical attention.

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