No umbrellas allowed at Bafana match

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Bafana_singing Gallo Images Bafana Bafana face Cape Verde in the Afcon opener at National Stadium.

Johannesburg - Fans attending the African Cup of Nations match between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde on Saturday have been warned not to bring umbrellas to the stadium.

They should instead opt for raincoats to prepare for severe weather conditions, Gauteng police said on Friday.

“A warning has been issued by the SA Weather Service that there might be flash floods for Johannesburg as from today (Friday),” Lt-Col Lungelo Dlamini said.

Dlamini said police, other law enforcement agencies, and disaster management centres would be on alert as the weather conditions might have an impact on security measures for the event.

Meanwhile, the Young Communist League (YCL) wished the South African team well in the tournament.

“This Bafana Bafana team carries the hopes of 52 million South Africans and faces the mammoth task of emulating the class of 1996

by winning this continental showpiece on home soil,” it said in a statement.

“To those that have written off Bafana Bafana before they have even kicked a ball, we say keep your comments to yourself, the team does not need any (of) them.”

The portfolio committee on sport and recreation sent its best wishes to the team and urged people to buy tickets to fill the stadiums to capacity in the tournament.

The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) also wished the team well and hoped it would win the cup.

It rejected a news report on Thursday that it was planning to boycott the tournament because it was not included in the transportation plans.

“The statement made in the New Age Newspaper that the taxi industry plans to boycott the Afcon tournament is completely incorrect,” general secretary Phillip Taaibosch said.

Santaco was hoping to have a meeting with the minister of sport and the local organising committee next week over the sidelining of the taxi industry in the transport plans for the tournament, he said. - Sapa

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