17 April 2010

North Korea drop Bafana

Bafana Bafana have dropped North Korea from the teams they will play during their training camp in Germany this week after many demands were made by the side circled in Group G for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Bafana were due to play North Korea on Tuesday but had to cancel the date late today after the Asians, who are on a training camp in Spain, allegedly demanded a lot of money from Safa and ordered that the South Africans should come to them in Spain.

An official, who refused to named, revealed that Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was not happy about the cancellation as he was looking forward to engaging them because they were the only side to have qualified for the World Cup in the teams they’ve lined up during this camp in Germany.

The Safa official said: “Travelling to Spain would disrupt the coach’s plan for his camp in Germany. It would better to have a local side as a replacement.”

However, Bafana manager Sipho Nkumane is believed to be running around making calls to first division sides in Germany hoping to land a replacement for Tuesday.

But Parreira said he still hopes that North Korea will change their minds and maybe opt to travel to Germany to play them.

Parreira said: “Such friendlies will help us but we can’t travel to them. I would have been happy to see them play Bafana as I could judge my players based on that game. (To my knowledge), our officials are still engaged with them.”

City Press


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