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SAFA: We Are Monitoring Nigerian FA Closely

The South African Football Association (SAFA) are continuing stringently with the preparations for Bafana Bafana’s 2015 African Cup of Nations Group A qualifier against reigning African Champions Nigeria, amidst of the turmoil that has plagued the Nigerian Football Federation.

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Earlier this week it was reported that The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) disputed the appointment of newly-appointed President of the Nigerian FA Chris Giwa.

The NFF has been embroiled with internal squabbling and wrangling which have threatened sanctions from the world football governing body.

FIFA have given the NFF until September the 8th to get their house in order, or face automatic suspension.

SAFA Communications Manager Dominic Chimhavi declared to Soccer Laduma that the uncertainty within the Nigerian FA will not in any way deter the preparations of Bafana Bafana, who begin their qualifiers against Sudan, in Khartoum on the 5th September and then against the Super Eagles at the Cape Town Stadium on 10th September.

“We are going full steam ahead with our preparations for both qualifiers. As you have heard the coach we have selected players that will feature in both qualification fixtures. We are keeping close tabs and monitoring the situation within the Nigerian FA, however until we hear anything different from CAF, for us it’s all systems go,” said Chimhavi.

As part of preparing for a hectic schedule the Bafana squad will undergo, SAFA has secured a charter flight which will ferry the South African national team directly to Khartoum and back.

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Bafana along with some SAFA official, media and a contingent of South African supporters departed for Khartoum on Wednesday, 3 September.   

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