10 October ~ South Africa ran down the final minutes of their 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone on Saturday. The team firmly believed that other results meant they were through to the finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon next year. So when the final whistle went there were jubilant and celebratory scenes. However, just 15 minutes after returning to the dressing room the squad and management realised they hadn't qualified after all. In Egypt, Niger were performing a lap of honour of their own to celebrate winning the group. The blog It's Still Ayoba explains how an entire nation came to completely misunderstand the rules so spectacularly. Read more

Comments (3)
Comment by JimDavis 2011-10-10 15:58:53

What is it with South African's and misunderstanding qualification rules? I wonder if Mr Duckworth and Mr Lewis will get the blame for this farce also?

Comment by G.Man 2011-10-10 21:41:09

An ENTIRE nation? Make it an entire naion minus at least one. Seems like Frank Duckworth (really?) didn't know himself thugh.

Comment by Liffrok 2011-10-11 19:23:03

ah, how I've missed the sound of the vuvuzela.

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