Danny Jordaan: I expect Bafana to qualify for AFCON 2021
Bongani Zungu of South Africa celebrates goal after VAR decision during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Quarterfinal football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 10 July 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix
Monday Jul 22, 2019. 13:13
Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association (SAFA) has expressed his belief that Bafana Bafana should qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.
SA have been drawn in a qualifying group alongside Ghana, Sudan and the winner of the play-off tie between Sao Tome and Mauritius. The top two teams of the quartet will qualify for the continental showpiece.
“I would expect us to qualify,” Jordaan said. “I think that we can qualify. There is no reason for us not to. What is the issue is if we will end up on top or second.
“That is what we have to deal with, with Ghana. I think that we have the team. We have to see.
“But this tournament [AFCON 2019] also showed that there are no easy matches on the African continent any more. There is no small nation in the continent any more.”
He continued: “Benin came with the perception that they are a small country. They walked away as one of the major forces on the African continent, and so did Guinea.
“Who would have dreamt that Madagascar could face stiff challenges and reach the quarterfinals? The notion when you look at the group that there are small and big team, that’s out of the question.
“We have to work hard and we have to be here again. We have made our mark here, we must be back. We can bring a stronger, better team because we do have the players.”