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South Africa warns Ghana over friendly squad

Posted On Sunday, 1st August 2010

South Africa warns Ghana over friendly squad

The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has warned Ghana that it will face stiff sanctions if they bring a second-rate Black Stars team for their friendly later this month.

The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) has warned Ghana that they will face stiff sanctions if they bring a second-rate Black Stars team for their friendly later this month.

According to SAFA the Ghana Football Association (GFA) agreed to send its key World Cup players for the game to be played in Johannesburg on 11 August.

Players like Andre Ayew, Kevin Prince Boateng, Isaac Vorsah, John Mensah, Richard Kingston, Anthony Annan and Asamoah Gyan are expected by the South African to be paprt of the squad.

SAFA has assured Bafana fans that Ghana are contractually bound to bring the bulk of the team that missed out on becoming the first African nation to reach the semifinals of the World Cup.

SAFA chief executive Leslie Sedibe: “Ghana appeared quite happy to agree to this condition. So we do not expect any complications.

“The contract also stipulates stiff penalties for Ghana should they renege on the guarantee to bring the nucleus of the team that thrilled soccer followers during the World Cup.”

The Black Stars have already hinted that some new players will be given the chance to impress coach Milovan Rajevac.

Greece-based Bennard Kumordzi, who was not part of the World Cup squad says he has already been handed an invitation for the game.

Some other players who missed the World Cup are expected to be invited for the game.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Repoman says:

    I figure out SA want to Make selection for our Black Stars,Do they have any right to tell us which players to feature?

  2. Ceefas says:

    South Africa cannot dictate to Ghana FA. Also, SA must understand that with most club re-positioning themselves for the start of the season, it is not going to be so easy to have all key players available. Beyond our first eleven, we still have a formidable second team that can provide adequate challenge to Bafana Bafana.

  3. lance walekr says:

    how can you expect gyan, mensah etc to come and play a friendly when they want new contracts and clubs! they think we are shot of quality players like they are? whoever is called will play like the first team! besides we dont do well in friendlies so they shouldnt expect same satndards as in the world cup

  4. Obaa Yaa says:

    This is rubbish! what did South Africa do in the world cup as a host nation?┬┤They were only a disgrece to Afrca and what are they talking about? this is absolutly nonsense and it will be very suprising and very shameful if the Ghana couch should agree to this rubbish!The South African couch is only afraid of the black stars and he has said it. After all, who is falsing them to play Ghana in the first place?

  5. ahoofe says:

    THIS IS STUPID THEN THEY SHOULD GO TO HELL! THEY CANNOT DICTATE FOR US

  6. CHARLES AYITE NUNOO - CHARLOTTE, NC, USA says:

    What’s up folks.
    I’ve read with dismay contribution from a few other readers, condemning South Africa FA regarding what they ‘demand and require’ from the GFA and BLACK STARS in our upcoming friendly. Almost everyone is insulting the SAFA. Well, I wish to part company on their line, here.
    There’s a very old adage which states “he who pays the piper, calls the tune”. which of us would be happy to have a different tune played for them at a funeral or any occasion, after we had paid for another kind?

    Simply put, as hosts, the South AFricans would foot most of our bill. To ensure they’re not ‘throwing’ away money, like everyone else, they’d demand a good game. Thus, they expect to relive the good moments of the World cup.
    This could be possible if BAFANA BAFANA played against the GABANA GABANA they all helped support at the World Cup.

    In my opinion, our friends from the South are not asking for too much.

    How would KOTOKO or HEARTS

  7. CHARLES AYITE NUNOO - CHARLOTTE, NC, USA says:

    i guess i pressed something, and just got my ‘unfinished’ message posted.

    … how would KOTOKO or HEARTS OF OAK feel, if one presented only unknown faces, during an important friendly?
    Chelsea, Man U, Arsenal, Liverpool, Barca, Real Madrid, etc. would all feel ‘looked down upon’…

  8. agape' says:

    Why are you people accusing SAFA for making this statement? You should read the article well before you make any comment.Because the GFA signed a contract that they will bring their Worldcup players to honor the friendly march.So rather we should accuse the hypocrite FA for trying to dupe SAFA.

  9. Richard says:

    This is utter nonsense.This is one reason SAFA is in constant cnflict with Benny Macathy.Remember playing is their profession. Who will allow you to leave after a month long absense.GAFA should withdraw and dam the consequences.
    What does SAFA want to prove. This like shooting after the animal has gone.Is SAFA not aware that the World Cup Black Stars are gone back to Europe.

  10. dipole, col-oh says:

    AM AGREEMENT IS AN AGREEMENT, THE G.F.A CANT GO & TAKE THE MONEY FOR THE GAME & COME BACK TO SCREW UP THE CONTRACT THEY HAD, THEY WILL FACE WHATEVER WRATH POSSIBLE. I SECOND THE SAFA EXECUTIVES ON THIS.

  11. Richard says:

    Go play teams like Zambia.They are equally GOOD.Even Zimbabwe have a good team.Their players in South Africa are performing well.Pitso you are starting on a wrong note.

  12. daniel.d.d says:

    the GFA should go 4 another team whom we can play with our second squard

  13. jacob says:

    This is rubbish! what did South Africa do in the world cup as a host nation?┬┤They were only a disgrece to Afrca and what are they talking about? this is absolutly nonsense and it will be very suprising and very shameful if the Ghana couch should agree to this rubbish!The South African couch is only afraid of the black stars and he has said it. After all, who is falsing them to play Ghana in the first place? go Ghana go Back stars

  14. Blow says:

    Cool down guys!this is an approved FIFA date and player release by clubs won’t be a hustle.Safa authorities want a crowd pulling team and choosing Ghana is an honour.South Africans love our style of play so let not dissappoint them.Remember Ghana is the only team Mandela requested an audience with after the world cup.Go Ghana!

  15. kwabena says:

    GHANA GFA HAS TOOK MONEY FROM SOUTH AFRICA. IN FACT GHANA HAVE TO ACCEPT IT WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. THAT IS WHY SOUTH AFRICANS ARE WARNING THEM. THEY SAID THAT THEY AGREED TO PLAY PENALTIES WHAT THE FUCKING SHAME OF ALL THESE ABOUT GFA? IT IS VERY PITY TO HEAR THAT SOUTH AFRICANS ARE WARNING GHANA TO BRING THEIR WORLD CUP SQUAD IF THIS WRITER TELLING US THE TRUTH.

  16. RICH says:

    Do you guys who are insulting SAFA really understand the word contract? The GFA. agreed to the contractual terms and signed for it. Once they have signed for it, they are legally obligated to honor or SAFA can sue them. If you guys have anything to say, you should say that to the GFA. for not taken availability of some of the players into considration

  17. Kalos says:

    OHH Ghanaian’s and our hasty approach to things.l bet most of the readers commenting here didnt even finish reading the article or vaguely understood it.ITS a CONTRACT people.Ask the Ghana FA how much they accepted from SAFA before agreeing to play in the friendlies?..SAFA has every right to demand the best if the Ghana FA agreed to the terms of the contract.Its simple as that.Plus l think its only fair that we send our stars to SA to show some love back to the SA fans for their love and support they showed Ghana during the world cup.GO GHANA GO…

  18. ghanaba says:

    Kalos, you are right and i think who ever understands what a contract is would agree with you

  19. jesse says:

    This South African FA must be joking.Because almost all their players both fringe and regular players play their local league they have no problem assembling them and they think the same is with Ghana.We have our players plying their trade in the elite leagues in Europe and even though this is a FIFA sanctioned day for friendly matches,i don’t think it will be prudent for most of our top stars to leave their pre season tours with their various clubs because there is competition for places now that new players are arriving and new signings going on.I can assure SAFA that our players will not honor such invitation to play this match but rather we are going to parade a local plus some young players who have been tipped for the future black stars to play in this game.Whether there is a contract or not,this is the reality and we are not moved by their silly threats!Imagine you call Kevin Boateng to play in this game.He certainly wouldn’t honor the call!We can play better teams that this mediocre South African team who only got a shot at the World Cup not on merit but because they hosted it.If not teams like Angola and Zambia deserved to play at the World Cup ahead of them.GFA you should come up good and tell this people off if you really are credible.

  20. ZG says:

    We should give South Africa our first eleven,dont you want to see our 1st eleven win a game after how we went out of the WC2010? i think it will be a healing process for Ghana after what happened.i need something good to get my mind off that lost.

  21. fs says:

    reading these comments have made me both laugh and irritated me at the same time. For one people should not dicredit south africans for their participation for bringing the World CUP to Africa, yes our national team has a long way to go inorder to be better soccer players but we had the infrastructure and the means to make the wc a success. The match has an agreement that must be respected and the ghanian players actually have another opportunity to impress scouts at this coming match. i am a ghanian supporter and a south african supporter all the way and i dont see why people should be angry by this stipulation. i have paid for my ticket and would like to see an amazing display of soccer on the day by the players we bid farewell a few weeks ago.





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