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Qualifying blunder leaves South Africa down and out

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Piers Edwards | 10:00 UK time, Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Fifteen months on from the elation of receiving wide praise for staging a triumphant Fifa World Cup, South African officials are now plumbing the depths.

In case you don't know, Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations on Saturday after a 0-0 draw at home to Sierra Leone.

But that tells a mere fraction of the story, for the real problem was that South African FA (Safa) officials were so unaware of the rules that they erroneously believed that a draw was good enough to take them through.

Late on, coach Pitso Mosimane even threw on a midfielder for a striker to shore up the points only to later ask: "Do you think I would have left (a striker) on the bench and put on a midfielder if I knew we needed a goal? It doesn't make sense."

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