African teams need the resources in order for them to be able to compete at the highest level of football as they hope to compete against the best teams in the world, as we speak right now South Africa has been given a burden to host their neighbouring countries to play their FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Mzansi because they have resources that can match CAF and FIFA standards. Our country is privileged to have at least 14 Football Stadiums that are CAF approved.
Namibia and Malawi played their FIFA World Cup qualifying games in South Africa as they were given Orlando Stadium as their home base, and in the upcoming qualifying rounds these two nations will continue to use South Africa as their home ground. It's just unfortunate that these two nations don't have stadiums that meet the standards that are required by CAF, the best Stadiums they have are not in the criteria that is needed by CAF.
This shows that football in Africa is still developing and most nations are still lacking behind due to lack of resources in their nations. As much as this has been a challenge for both Malawi and Namibia, the South African Football Association must be commended for agreeing to host these nations, this is something of significance not only to them but for the entire COSAFA region. Malawi managed to win their home game against Mozambique as they were paying at Orlando Stadium, Namibia were held to a 1-1 draw by Congo.
South Africa is one of few countries in Africa that are privileged with resources and even when we can speak about club competitions, there are enough Stadiums for the sixteen teams in the DStv Premiership to play in and use as their home Stadiums. This has also contributed to the Premier Soccer League clubs to have at least four teams in CAF competitions, AmaZulu and Sundowns playing at CAF Champions League, while Marumo Gallants and Pirates are in the CAF Confederations cup.
(Source: Kick Off)
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