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Bafana will accept CAF's decision - Igesund

Gordon Igesund won't approach FIFA for further sanctions against Ethiopia.

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund believes the South African Football Association (Safa) won't push for further sanctions from FIFA against Ethiopian national team player Minhyahil Beyene.

The Ethiopian football team has been docked three World Cup qualifying points after it fielded Beyene, who was ineligible to play after picking up two yellow cards in previous matches.

Beyene played against Botswana, but also turned out against South Africa in their qualifying match last month.

"I think that's up to FIFA and up to the Confederation of African Football (CAF). I think CAF has made it clear - whatever decision they have to make, they'll make. We're not going to try and find out, we'll just wait to hear the news," Igesund commented.

Bafana have a sliver of hope of moving through to the next round of qualifying, but need to beat Botswana and hope the Central African Republic (CAR) can trip up Ethiopia.

"We have to go and beat Botswana. We'll have to see what happens. It's not in our hands. Ethiopia have to lose or draw against CAR to go through and we have to win. Winning I think we can do, whether or not CAR can beat Ethiopia or draw with them, is another question.

"I think it would be devastating to anybody. We want to go to the World Cup. I think we can look forward to qualifying for 2018. The door is still open so let's not forget 2014. We've got a small chance."

While Bafana still have a fair way to go before they can claim to be one of the top teams in Africa, Igesund believes the team has improved.

"I think there have been huge changes under very difficult circumstances. When I took over the team it was very down and out, [the morale was] very low.

"We had to get that passion back for the players. We had to change the style of football that we played. Now we're scoring goals, we have a bit of an identity and we're winning away from home."