Horrendous Mistake: South African Soccer Team Celebrates NOT Qualifying for the 2012 Africa Cup (Video)!
|Little did they know....|
On Saturday Bafana Bafana (South Africa) held Sierra Leone to a goal-less draw in their final game of their African Nations Cup qualifying campaign. It was enough see Bafana Bafana through to the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Equatorial Guinea in 2012.......
South Africa captain Siphiwe Tshabalala was ecstatic at full-time. “I’m just happy we qualified, we had to do it for the pride of the nation,” he said, and with that he set off for an all-singing, all-dancing lap of honor around the Mbombela Stadium with his team-mates. South African FA president Kirsten Nematandani, meanwhile, went on the national television channel SABC to congratulate the team on qualifying, – confirming the team was indeed through to next year’s finals.
..........THE CELEBRATIONS WERE GLORIOUS.....
"SOUTH AFRICA HAS QUALIFIED...WE QUALIFIED... JUSSST[JUST], JUSSST, QUALIFICATION, YESSSSS, BUT JUSSST!!!!!"
Then came the 100's of millions of pies that hit a hundred million faces because it soon came to everybody's attention that South Africa had in fact FAILED to qualify. Somehow the coach, the players, and the entire nation were unaware that the head-to-head results, and not goal difference, are used to separate teams on level points. This meant that Niger, despite losing 3-0 to Egypt in their final game had qualified and South Africa would miss out on the trip to the Africa cup tournament. Coach Pitso Mosimane then admitted that he sent his team out looking for a draw, and not the win they needed. “Do you think I would have left (striker) Majoro on the bench and put on a midfielder if I knew that we needed a goal? It doesn’t make sense,” he said, “I feel like I have failed.” Feel like you failed?
This rounds up a heart wrenching weekend for South African sports as the rugby team, known to the masses as the Springboks inexplicably went crashing out of the Rugby World Cup quarter finals, losing 9-11 to Australia. South Africa lost a spine chilling affair plagued by dubious officiating and error after error from a South African team that had the game to win but chose instead to chuck it down a pit latrine.
|Springboks lose 9-11 vs Australia in the 2011 Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals.|