Fans can watch the South Africa vs. Cameroon football match live online and see which team can overcome its distractions and move closer to qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Tournament.
The match will take place Saturday at 4:30 p.m. local time from Limbé, Cameroon, with live streaming video available for fans who want to watch it online (links to live streams can be found below).
The teams will be playing the front end of a two-game set, with the return game coming in four days. It will be an important clash, as Cameroon is looking to solidify its place atop Group M while South Africa has a chance to move on Mauritania, which is currently No. 2 in the group.
South Africa is in danger of missing out of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations Tournament is and in desperate need of a win. Only group winners are guaranteed to make it through, with the two best runners-up among the 12 groups also making it.
Fans who watch the South Africa vs. Cameroon football match live online will actually see two teams looking to overcome external circumstances to score a win on the pitch. For South Africa, it is both the chance of missing its first AFCON tournament in years along with the looming FIFA scandal. For Cameroon, it is the arrival of Hugo Broos in his first duties as the national team’s head coach after the sacking of Volker Finke last month.
“My first contact with the team has been good,” Broos said (via Goal.com). “The difficulty now will be remembering the names and faces of the players! I met with the group and there are no additional injuries.”
Fans who watch the South Africa vs. Cameroon football match live online will see if the Bafana Bafana team can overcome the distractions of the past month to focus on the important matchup. The South Africa football program has been mired in controversy, including a charge that the nation used bribery to win the right to host the 2010 World Cup.
In a claim that surfaced during an investigation in the United States, FIFA outlined a $10 million payment from the South African Football Association. South African sports minister Fikile Mbalula said that the money was meant for an “Africa Diaspora program” in the Caribbean and called on FIFA to retract the charges.
“To infer or insinuate anything else, including diminishing such an important part of the African continent history as an elaborate ruse to issue a bribe, is despicable,” Mbalula said (via USA Today). “The South African government considers it an insult to reduce one of its hallmark programs that recognized the struggles and achievements of African people around the world to a mere caricature and incubator for bribery. South Africa did not pay a bribe, nor did it conspire to illegally obtain the rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.”
The accusations took many in the South African football world by surprise. Mbalula said he was told he would be informed of the investigation’s findings, but instead learned about the bribery allegations after the fact.
“I am disappointed that our African humanism has been reproached with inhumanity,” he said, adding that he has subsequently requested a copy of the full report. “Quite clearly the laws of South Africa would have been broken by those who have been found guilty.”
Now the Bafana Bafana team must try to regain its focus in a critical matchup against Cameroon and do so without one of its key players. Striker Dino Ndlovu injured his leg over the weekend, and the South African team doctor ruled him out of Saturday’s match.
“It is always a blow when we lose a player that we have called up into the national team, but having said that we have to forge ahead,” said Ephraim Shakes Mashab, South Africa’s head coach (via AllAfrica). “We would have loved to have him with us, but it is just unfortunate. Injuries are part of the game. We can only wish him a speedy recovery. We are still working on the replacement as we definitely need someone in that position because goals are of paramount importance in the two matches.”
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