Bafana Bafana Team Manager Vincent Tseka Gets Sent Off; Hugo Broos Has His Say

Bafana Bafana Team Manager Vincent Tseka Gets Sent Off; Hugo Broos Has His Say

Keba Mothoagae
March 29, 2023 at 11:41 AM
  • The first half of the crucial 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Group K qualifier between Liberia and South Africa was a dramatic one
  • The scores were tied at 1-1 as both teams looked to land the knock-out blow in the quest to reach the Ivory Coast next January
  • An unsavoury scene marred the competitive encounter, with Bafana Bafana's coach being sent off for using foul language

The name Vincent Tseka has become a household one in South Africa as of today.

Bafana Bafana's team manager was seen and heard swearing at one of the match officials, in the first half of the critical 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Group K encounter at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium in Monrovia.

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Bafana Bafana team manager, Vincent Tseka is red carded for confronting the linesman. Image source: SABC Sport Facebook video.
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The match was tied 1-1 at the time, with the referee having absolutely no choice but to flash a red card in Tseka's direction.

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It appeared that he was not happy with an offside call by one of the linesmen, though the visitors had blown the chance anyway.

At the time of publication, Zakhele Lepasa had put Bafana in the lead in the 19th minute before William Jebor equalised in the 35th minute.

According to Sport24, coach Hugo Broos, who was trying to intervene, said to the media after the match:

"I think emotions make people sometimes do things that they regret afterwards. "I could have control of my emotions, but, okay, this guy [Tseka] didn't, and we can't say that we approve of that. But then there are emotions, and tomorrow, maybe you will do something like that."

South African Twitter appeared to sympathise with Tseka.

@innocentdeyi said:

"We need more people to fight for the country's flag like Vincent Tseka what a man #AFCONQ2023"

@crowieN said:

"Bafana Bafana has conspired to exit the #AFCON2023Q. Team manager Vincent Tseka getting red carded is a reminder of Hugo Broos meltdown"

@sahile_e said:

"This is just [embarrassing]. Ok maybe it wasn't offside, but what kind of example are you setting for the players here? Showing no respect towards match officials and then still ignoring Broos who is telling you to calm down! Vincent Tseka shown a red card "

@Bantu_Kubo said:

"Vincent Tseka, ndingaya emfazweni nawe mkhuluwa ❤"

@venda_guy 2 said:

"I don’t trust this ref hai"

Bafana Bafana would eventually win the match 2-1, booking their place at the tournament that will be hosted in the Ivory Coast.

Hugo Broos is a relieved man

Sports Brief also reported that taking over Bafana Bafana was an uphill task for the Belgian coach.

Broos said he must be judged against his vow to take South Africa to the 2023 AFCON in Cameroon.

It was a hairy campaign for the South Africans but the straightforward Belgian kept to his promise.

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