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Zim may benefit from Safa's Four-nations tourney

[Posted 20 Oct 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Zim may benefit from Safa"s Four-nations tourney

SAFA is rumoured to be planning to stage a four nations tournament in Johannesburg to ensure that South Africa, Africa Cup Of Nations 2013 hosts do not remain inactive for a long time following their failure to qualify for the Afcon 2012 finas.

Rumours in South Africa are that Safa are targeting the yawning absentees of the Afcon 2012, namely Nigeria, Cameroon, and a toss between Egypt or Zimbabwe.

Safa has come up to water down the speculation, even though it may appear that what Safa was trying to do was to avodi getting into trouble with CAF with the news of the tournament having come out prematurely before the continental mother body was formally approached for approval.

What CAF is likely to find objectionable are the revelations that the four nations tourney may run parallel to the Afcon 2012 finals to be hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Safa has already come under fire from CAF from its premature announcement of its agreement with Libya to swap the hosting rights for the 2013 and 2017 Afcon finals without getting CAF's approval.

When arguing that the four nations is not cast in stone, Safa has given the biggest hint yet that something is being planned along those lines.

“Regarding the Four Nations tournament, there has been no announcement at all from the association regarding that. It has been all mere speculation and I think this tournament has been manufactured in the media without any official word,” says Robin Petersen, the Safa CEO

Petersen then goes on to let the cat out of the bag by revealing that indeed the idea of a tournamanet is something that interests Safa and the national mother body has thought about it.

“If we accept this and are capable of arranging any tournament, we will certainly make sure that it doesn’t clash with the Cup of Nations at all as that will be an insult to CAF.

“There is a big window of time before the Cup of Nations begins and if anything was to happen that would be the appropriate time to make it happen. Still we would communicate with CAF because obviously such a tournament will have to receive CAF status to be played in any event,” added Petersen
.

Zimbabwe would benefit from such a tournament if it is to be hosted and the Warriors are invited.

Most Warriors players in South Africa will be inactive between January and the end of the tournament, and that would present coach Norman Mapeza with an opportunity to give other players a chance to show what they can offer to the national team.

Players such Carlington Nyadombo, his Amazulu team mate Ramson Zhuwawo, Energy Murambadoro of Bidvest Wits, Black Leopards' Kingston Nkatha and Oscar Machapa of Moroka Swallows who is now utilised by veteran coach Gordon Igesund as a central attacking midfielder.

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