The SABC says it made a commercially viable offer for the rights to broadcast national team matches, which was rejected by the South African Football Association (SAFA).
This after the Football Association announced that the SABC cannot screen the upcoming Bafana match.
The TV and Radio blackout comes as Bafana prepare to play back to back matches against Seychelles.
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter admits that the three withdrawals from his team this week have slightly derailed his plans. However Baxter is still confident that the current squad still has what it takes to win against minnows Seychelles at home.
South Africa’s biggest challenge is scoring goals.
Baxter says he had his starting eleven in mind, when he announced the 25-man squad for the matches against Seychelles. But Baxter was forced to call three replacements this week after the withdrawal of two attacking players Vincent Pue and Sibusiso Vilakazi, as well as defender Thapelo Morena.
The three late call-up’s Thembinkosi Lorch, Gift Links, and Thamsanqa Mkhize are equally capable.
Baxter says the heavy ABSA Premiership programme is not making life any easier for the national side. “We’ve got to try and strike that balance you can’t ruin the legs often because they will be going into the game not fresh. So i think we have done okay with that that’s why Kamo did not play; for an example yesterday he’s got a heavy schedule there. Rama won’t do the last fifteen minutes of training when we play so we have to try and be a little bit smart. But certainly the players are approaching it the right way and they have shown good spirit,” says Baxter.
Bafana Bafana are expected to go for an all-out attack against a team that is currently ranked 189th in the FIFA world rankings.
South Africa’s strikers have promised to come to the party.
French based forward Lebo Mothiba who is also in top form at club level, is looking forward to make his full Bafana Bafana debut. Despite travelling for two full days from China after an impressive season so far, striker Dino Ndlovu is optimistic even if he starts the match from the bench.