Possible Zimbabwe ban to allow South Africa to compete in the AFCON in 2021 - SAFA

Possible Zimbabwe ban to allow South Africa to compete in the AFCON in 2021 – SAFA

After failing to earn a point in their final group game against the 5-time winners of the AFCON, the Black Stars of Ghana, the 1996 African champions were unable to qualify for the tournament. Possible Zimbabwe ban to allow South Africa to compete in the AFCON in 2021 – SAFA.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has replied to reports that Bafana Bafana could compete in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in 2021.

This follows Fifa’s warning that the Warriors, Zimbabwe’s senior national team, might be banned unless Zifa’s elected leadership regains control of the team, which is set to compete in the Afcon finals.

The country’s Sports and Recreation Commission suspended the Zifa board on November 16, citing claims of severe incompetence, refusal to account for public monies, and sexual mistreatment of female referees.

South Africa is the best third-place finisher in all 12 groups with 10 points, having finished third in their Afcon qualifying Group C behind qualifiers Ghana and Sudan.

South Africa was drawn in Group C with Ghana, Sudan, and Ethiopia. They were not able to progress to the next stage in a controversial last game against Ghana. The last match was the final decisive of the group and they launched a case against Ghana to FIFA but were dismissed.

If Zimbabwe is prevented from competing in Africa’s largest football event, speculation is strong that Bafana Bafana could be installed as the Warriors’ replacement in the competition, which will be hosted by Cameroon.

Tebogo Motlanthe, Safa’s chief executive officer, has ruled out the notion of Bafana being placed as a replacement for the Warriors at the showcase, which will take place from January 9 to February 6.

“First and foremost, don’t get ahead of yourself,” Motlanthe told Times Live. “Zimbabwe may yet be able to address their concerns.”

“But, sure, you are interpreting the regulation correctly; there is no way for Bafana to qualify even if Zimbabwe is banned.”

“I think people were getting excited since the CAF has a qualifying process where the best runner-up or third-place club may sometimes qualify.”

There is a rule in the CAF that states that if a player is injured during a match, he or she must be replaced.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has a regulation that if a team withdraws from the Afcon finals between qualifying and the start of the competition, rather than being replaced, their four-team group in the finals event is reduced to three.

“If a team withdraws from the final event after qualifying but before the tournament begins, it will be replaced by the team ranked next in the group of the team in the issue.” “By default, the group to which the forfeiting team belongs shall be formed of three teams,” states article 86 of the 2021 Afcon regulations.

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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