IT’S NOT A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, SAYS BAFANA COACH

KIGALI. – Bafana Bafana coach, Hugo Broos, says ordering countries to play World Cup/AFCON qualifiers away from home is altering the level of the playing field and violating the virtues of Fair Play.

He feels countries without stadiums, approved to host such matches, should not be included in the qualifiers in the first place.

Seventeen African countries, including Zimbabwe and Lesotho, who are in the same group, have been barred from hosting the 2026 World Cup qualifiers away from home.

Lesotho hosted Benin at the Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday.

“This one thing I don’t understand in African football is that home games are not home games,” said Broos.

“I think Zimbabwe will play their home games in South Africa, so we have a little advantage for that game. So, what I saw in the past, for example, Liberia played their home game in Morocco, I’m very sorry but this is not correct.

“I think CAF must do something about this.”

He added:

“I know it is not easy for those countries to have appropriate stadiums because it is something about money, but you can easily say, ‘in five years, if you don’t have a stadium, then you don’t play CAF games anymore, you don’t play AFCON qualifiers and that of the World Cup.’

“But if you say nothing and those things happen, then the competition is not 100% correct anymore.

“It is not up to us, but it is the guys up there who have decided this and I hope one day they will decide by putting a period to say, ‘okay, if you have not decided on the stadium that you need to have, I’m very sorry, you had those three or four or five years, finished, no qualifiers anymore – no for World Cup or AFCON’.

“You saw what happened in Liberia (in March against Bafana), suddenly, they felt that they had a chance to qualify and suddenly there was a stadium.

“At the beginning of the competition, there was no stadium, because they played their games in Morocco.” – Sports Reporter/Agencies.

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