Chan: The tournament Bafana have been waiting for

Mark Gleeson

There is enough quality and experience in Bafana Bafana to overcome a lack of preparation and gain a good result in the African Nations Championship.

Bafana’s Bernard Parker gets high fives during a friendly match against Spain at Soccer City, Johannesburg. (Duif du Toit, Gallo Images)
Bafana’s Bernard Parker gets high fives during a friendly match against Spain at Soccer City, Johannesburg. (Duif du Toit, Gallo Images)

(MailandGuardian)The African Nations Championship (Chan) kicks off on Saturday, a noble but undercooked idea that will struggle to find credibility with the public, but could yet provide a much-needed fillip for South African football.

The 16-team tournament is a three-week exercise on the same scale as last year’s Africa Nations Cup, although this time reserved only for home-based players.

It means a motley collection of quasi-national teams, devoid of any star names and lacking in spectator appeal, but a godsend for South African club coaches, who have on their doorstep until February 1 a giant shopping mall of affordable African talent.

The idea of the Confederation of African Football is to provide more international exposure for players still based on the continent and for countries traditionally overshadowed by the footballing superpowers, full of foreign-based talent. Read more…

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