Ntseki Thanks SAFA, Explains PE Return Leg
Posted: 17 November 2020
Bafana Bafana head coach Molefe Ntseki has paid tribute to the South African Football Association for their leadership showing in preparation of yesterday’s match against Sao Tome and Principe.
Ntseki also explained why his charges played their second leg encounter in Port Elizabeth rather than in Sao Tome, making reference to Cincinnati FC midfielder Kamohelo Mokotjo, saying;
“I think we need to thank the President, the CEO and the leadership of SAFA for the wonderful gesture that they have done for this team. We were fully aware of the challenges we faced going into Sao Tome.
“For example, (Kamohelo) Mokotjo travelled twenty two (22) hours, and another eight hours coming back from Sao Tome, and another twenty two hours travelling to Cincinnati. So in traveling only, Mokotjo would have accumulated more than fifty hours.
“As I was speaking to him this morning in regards to his jetlag, their six/seven hours behind, and for you to recover fully, it has to be seven days, and he played the first match within three days. And for us to play here in Port Elizabeth was a blessing because we didn’t have to travel longer distances, and I think we should thank the leadership of SAFA,” concluded Ntseki.
Bafana have picked up six points against the Island country, putting themselves in a very strong position to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Selebalo Karabo Phasha.