Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Ethiopian national football team faces visa problems

Bafana Bafana’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia on Sunday is in danger of not taking place after the Ethiopians failed to acquire visas.

But Home Affairs spokesperson, Ronnie Mamoepa said that there was no need for panic and that the visitors would be able to honour the match at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.

“We are doing everything to assist their passage to South Africa and we believe that the north-east Africans should arrive in South Africa as was scheduled. Their team has not been denied visas, except that there were discrepancies in the whole application process.

“Let me put this on record. Firstly, the South African Football Association (Safa) did not send a letter of invitation to the Ethiopians as is standard to support the visa applications. We are talking with Safa to assist with that.

“Secondly, the applications were incomplete, which forced us to request our diplomatic mission there to assist them with their applications, which means we still expect them to arrive as expected on Friday,” said Mamoepa.