Bafana Bafana Coach Hugo Broos has fumed at South Africa’s deal with Ethiopia to allow the East Africans to play their game with Ghana at Johannesburg.
Broos believes that the game that is being played at Johannesburg could be an “unfair” advantage being given to Ghana, who are his team’s principal rivals in the World Cup qualifiers.
Ghana will be playing Ethiopia in South Africa at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, an incredible football pitch when as compared to the sappy patch that Broos and his players were forced to endure at Bahir Dar Stadium back in October, despite a tough 3-1 win.
“It’s not fair what happened, they let two countries play in that very bad stadium, in that very bad location and pitch. We had to do it and it was an important game also for Zimbabwe, now suddenly Ghana can play their game in paradise,” the Bafana coach told the media.
“This is really a paradise when you compare it to the stadium in Ethiopia. They have to travel, yes, but it’s a direct flight from Accra to Joburg, this is not fair. I don’t understand how FIFA approved this stadium, then two games later suddenly it’s not approved anymore.
But this can only happen in Africa, where the opponent can play almost every game at home because the other team don’t have a home stadium! This is really not fair. But we are a point ahead, it’s in our hands, although it will be easier for them against Ethiopia,” he added
As Ghana plays Ethiopia, South Africa will also host Zimbabwe at the FNB Stadium.
In the event that both Ghana and South Africa win their penultimate game, the final clash will take place in Cape Coast, where the winner is the top of the group and will qualify to play in the playoffs.