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Burkina Faso accuses Safa of 'sabotage'

Striker Katlego Mphela scored a brace to help Bafana Bafana to an easy 3-0 victory over Burkina Faso at...

The newly-constructed SAFA House situated on the perimetre of Soccer City in Johannesburg. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Striker Katlego Mphela scored a brace to help Bafana Bafana to an easy 3-0 victory over Burkina Faso at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday evening.

He opened the scoring in the 14th minute with an inch-perfect free-kick taken outside the box.

Stand-in captain Siphiwe Tshabalala got the team's second goal five minutes later and Mphela netted the final goal of the evening in the 52nd minute after the hosts went into half time 2-0 up.

Despite the visitors crying foul and complaining about not having a full strength squad, Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane said his side had problems of their own. He said key players like Steven Pienaar did not play in the game.

Burkina Faso, ranked fourth in Africa, blamed the drama on problems at their camp.

The visitors had only 10 players in South Africa as most of their European-based stars did not arrive for an assortment of reasons.

Coach Paulo Duarte accused the South African Football Association of sabotage and blamed Safa for their poor performance.

"I think the problem is with the South African Football Association," he said.

"We had seven players who could not come because they did not have a visa and if that is the strategy of the South African football federation…then that was a very intelligent strategy from them," added Duarte.

But Mosimane said the allegations that they were sabotaged by SAFA are unfounded.