During South Africa’s African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone, South Africa’s coach Pitso Mosimane informed his team to play out the 0-0 draw – because he beleived that’s all they needed to qualify.
But that wasn’t the case. And after prolonged celebrations after the match, the team was informed that they hadn’t qualified after all.
Group G rivals South Africa or Sierra Leone would have qualified had either won in Nelspruit but it ended 0-0.
Nonetheless, the Bafana Bafana squad celebrated their victory in the errant belief that they had qualified.
“Niger have qualified,” Confederation of African Football secretary-general Hicham El Amrani confirmed to BBC Sport.
South African joy in Nelspruit and around the country turned to despair after the realisation that they could not qualify as a best runner-up either.
Bafana players even went on a lap of honour after the final whistle, dancing in formation in front of cheering fans while coach Pitso Mosimane hugged members of his technical team.”