2014 World Cup qualifiers pose a security threat for Ghana - Oliseh

Published on: 02 August 2011

Ghana’s participation in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifiers could pose a security threat, ex-Nigeria captain Sunday Oliseh claims.

Oliseh believes the series of play-off games will decide the continent's five qualifiers may create many problems.

Ghana were handed a tough draw in Group D including Sudan, Zambia and either Lesotho or Burundi in the second qualifying round.

The Black Stars must top the Group before advancing to the third qualifying stage where five different play-offs will take place to determine who reaches Brazil

Since the 1994 finals, Africa's World Cup qualifiers have been decided by the teams who emerged top from selective qualifying groups.

"I think Africa is in trouble as I was very disappointed when I saw the format they made up," Oliseh told BBC Sport.

"Let's not forget what happened when Algeria played Egypt in (2010) qualifying, when there was fighting, yet now we will have five play-offs."

"Let's hope that we don't have five incidents like this."

Security at high-profile African football matches has long been the subject of some concern.

In November 2009, bitter North African rivals Algeria and Egypt were forced to meet in a one-legged play-off after both ended their World Cup qualifying group with identical records.

Such was the intensity of the match in neutral Sudan that diplomatic relations between the two countries were affected as violence broke out between rival fans in four different countries.

"This is what scares me (about the new format)," Oliseh told the BBC's flagship African sports programme Fast Track.

Comments

  • EVANS
    says: 8 years ago
    I THINK SO. CAF SHOULD PREPARE FOR THAT. COS IN ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
  • teaxs
    says: 8 years ago
    Come again GSN!Oliseh did not say "2014 World Cup qualifiers pose a security threat for Ghana." He said that this new qualifying format is not conducive for Africa, and from my perspective other parts of the world as well due to the emotions and do or die attitude that fans world over attach to the world cup. Therefore Oliseh made a good point. Also Ghana's group is not the group death as some of you are categorizing it. It could have been worse. Look at the rest the groups and point the easier one. One may say that Nigeria has easy group but if they underrate any team they do so at their own peril. If the Black Stars and their technical team cannot fight to top their group and go on to win the 2-leg final round to qualify, then we should not even think about the participating in the world cup proper because it is never gonna be easier.
  • texas
    says: 8 years ago
    correction: its texas not teaxs!
  • texas
    says: 8 years ago
    GSN why have you chosen not post my comment on this article???? Its because you guys are misinforming and misleading the public about what Oliseh said that has nothing to do with your caption; "2014 World Cup qualifiers pose a security threat for Ghana." Common guys!you can put out toxic information but we cannot point out that it is wrong! shame on you GSN!
  • texas
    says: 8 years ago
    Ghana's group is not the group death as some of you are categorizing it. It could have been worse. Look at the rest the groups and point the easier one. One may say that Nigeria has easy group but if they underrate any team they do so at their own peril. If the Black Stars and their technical team cannot fight to top their group and go on to win the 2-leg final round to qualify, then we should not even think about the participating in the world cup proper because it is never gonna be easier.
  • texas
    says: 8 years ago
    Come again GSN!Oliseh did not say "2014 World Cup qualifiers pose a security threat for Ghana." He said that this new qualifying format is not conducive for Africa, and from my perspective other parts of the world as well due to the emotions and do or die attitude that fans world over attach to the world cup. Therefore Oliseh made a good point.
  • karl
    says: 8 years ago
    masa texas "say it again boss" this is sukernet.com for ya.lol
  • IKEMAN
    says: 8 years ago
    i think sunday has a genuine concern and caf should do well to address it early before we have a reocurrence of what happened btn egypt n algeria all over africa.
  • kay
    says: 8 years ago
    I do not believe that fifa wants to promote fair play in africa given the format for qualification to the 2014 WC. This format is an oppression on africa football.
  • kay
    says: 8 years ago
    GSN, as much as you want your headings to be attractive to readers, you should ensure that they are related to the main stories. Your heading is deceptive. It's high time you deviate from that before you are charged for misreprenting.
  • Pee
    says: 8 years ago
    The saga of play-offs have of late been embroiled in so much controversy. Remember, France vs Ireland where T. Henry used his hand to keep the ball in play to enable France qualified. A little mistake from referees will also pose another danger to this format of play-offs especially in Africa where precision in officiating leaves much much much to desired. Considering the way Ghana U23 was treated in Nigeria recently, I think the new format poses a lot of danger in Africa because I cannot see how any other country will win a World Cup qualifier play-off in Nigeria against Super Eagles where referees can easily be bribed, opposing teams can be frustrated and tortured (You remember DR Congo recently?). I think the new format is a big recipe for disaster in Africa. I don't see why (believe you me) Issa Yahatou will not influence referee selection for Cameroon play-offs (whether covertly or overtly) to ensure desired results for Cameroon. Why should all the efforts of a team towards qualifying for the WC be reduced to just two matches: home and away? Grossly unfair in the fair-play FIFA organization. Is it the same format for Europe, America and Asia? Remedies: FIFA should employ top European referees for the WC Qualifying play-offs in Africa instead of CAF referees. It should be made known to host country for the play-offs that if they intimidate or do something unfairly to win the play-offs, the opposing team will be deemed to have qualified if proven. FIFA can still review the format so that the top two winners for each of the ten groups form 20 teams for five groups of four round robin to be played so that the top team from each of the five groups qualify for the WC 2014. This is my opinion! like noses.
  • Johnny-K
    says: 8 years ago
    Yes, Oliseh never singled out any country!!! By the way, Texas, Nigeria's group is very weak. That's a fact. Even Siasia was jubilating.
  • Johnny-K
    says: 8 years ago
    They'll be sued soon if they don't refrain from that.
  • Johnny-K
    says: 8 years ago
    Great post, Pee!!! I Also like your idea of five groups of countries each, to play each other for the winners of the groups to qualify.
  • marcel
    says: 8 years ago
    truth is: any harmless comment made by a nigerian is purposely mispresented by this site just to incite ghanians, but to tell u the truth we in naija don't even rememba u exist so u can keep on hating as much as u like it doesn't change anything
  • Final Whistle
    says: 8 years ago
    Shame on you! How do you then realize that there is a site for Ghanaians if you think Ghana doesn't exist? Know that, the small Country Ghana is visible in the whole world for virtues but not vices as Nigerians are noted for.
  • Abuja, NIGERIA.
    says: 8 years ago
    Jealousy Go Kill Ghana, thank you for telling those Ghanians their virtue is a fluke and that they are coward. Nigerians own their country-we in their banking, entertainment, telecommunications, and shipping industries. How many Ghanian business men could be brave enough to establish such in Nigeria? So, when Ghanians call us 419, robber, suide bomber, boko haram... We laugh in Nigeria at their myopic view about our great country, Nigeria. Even Ghanians gay president, Atta Mills knows we own the economy of Ghana. I can always choose Zambia over Ghana.