2008 Africa Cup of Nations
Fernandez to miss first match
South Africa's goalkeeper fails to overcome a fractured finger.
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2008 18:51 GMT
Rowen Fernandez will sit out the opener [GALLO/GETTY]
South Africa's first choice goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez will miss their opening African Nations Cup finals match against Angola because of a fractured finger, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said.
He suffered the injury while warming up ahead of last week’s friendly against Botswana in Durban.
Parreira said Moneeb Joseph would replace Fernandez for Wednesday’s Group D match in Tamale.
South Africa won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996, but failed failed to progress from the group stages at the past two tournaments.



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