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2022 WCQ: Hugo Broos fires dig at Fifa over Ghana vs South Africa venue

South Africa coach, Hugo Broos has aimed a dig at Fifa ahead of Sunday’s 2022 World Cup playoffs ticket decider away to Ghana.

The Belgian tactician, in an official pre-match press conference Saturday, expressed discontent that the Bafana Bafana had to travel an extra three by bus after touching down the Kotoka International Airport in Ghana’s capital Accra the previous day to Cape Coast for the match.

“It was a long day today, we trained in the evening, but we needed it because the travel yesterday was exhausting for us,” Broos stated.

The 69-year-old then aimed at the world’s football governing body for allowing the game to take place at Cape Coast.

“It’s a pity that Fifa allowed such things when you have to play qualifiers for a World Cup. Not only travel but if you have to take a bus after six hours flight, to go 120 kilometres and you do three hours on the bus.

“I don’t blame Ghana for that, I blame Fifa for that. Those are situations that are not appropriate for qualifiers of the World Cup.”

Continuing his pre-match blame game, Broos also insisted that making Bafana Bafana face Ethiopia in Addis Ababa while Ghana played their away match against Ethiopia in Johannesburg was not fair.

“I think it’s time that Fifa does something for that. I know it’s very difficult for some countries to have appropriate stadiums,” he added.

“You should play in the capital where you can travel easy for the opponent. This costs money and it’s not so easy to do that for some countries.

“At the other side, if tomorrow you want to play hockey and you don’t have a stick, you can’t play hockey. You can tell them, I don’t have the money to buy that stick. Ok, sorry for you, but you can’t play hockey.

“This is something you have to think about. If tomorrow you are a country and you don’t have an appropriate stadium, then this is something, then you have to go and play your games in another country, finished.

“It’s not normal that we and Zimbabwe had to play in Ethiopia and then Ghana could come to paradise, South Africa. I’m sorry, this is paradise Joburg, in comparison to Ethiopia.

“I don’t blame Ghana, but I blame Caf and Fifa, they have to change. You are talking about qualifiers for the World Cup. The highest tournament in football and those situations happen, it’s not fair for nobody.

“Let’s hope it will change for countries in Africa.”

South Africa currently lead Group G with 13 points and need to just avoid defeat against Ghana to secure the only available playoffs ticket. The Black Stars, on the other hand, must win by any margin in front of their home fans to earn the slot.

Kickoff is 19:00 GMT on Sunday.


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