Bafana still eyes Brazil 2014

BY: Isaac Yeboah

Off to work? : if Bafana make the FIFA 2014 cut, coach Gordon Igesund has his work cut out for him(SABC)Bafana Bafana's door to next year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil is not yet shut.

The South African Football Association will be watching with keen interest the disciplinary proceedings opened against Ethiopia for fielding an ineligible player in the qualifier against Botswana on the eighth of this month.

Ethiopia beat South Africa 2-1 on Sunday to open up a five-point gap at the top of Group A.

Despite the loss against Ethiopia, Bafana Bafana received a heroes welcome when they touched down earlier this afternoon.

Ethiopia could be docked three points if found guilty iof fielding an ineligible player. Coach Gordon Igesund says a few more games must be played as well. "So let's see what happens, but, whatever that result, it won't affect us unless they get docked points and we win the last game, they draw or loose the last game."

Sudan and Gabon were docked three points during this qualifying campaign for fielding ineligible players.

Meanwhile, Igesund who was offered a performance based contract when he was appointed as coach last year, failed to achieve targets. He was mandated to reach the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations and qualify for the World Cup. But, it seems that his job is safe.

Safa President, Kirsten Nematandani: "We are going to take this process forward through the right technical team, but my word as the president is he's the best coach we have and surely, if we need to make process, this is the coach."

Bafana play their next World Cup qualifier at home against Botswana in September.

Source: SABC