SA National Anthem Interrupted By Phone Messages

Story By: Alex Cope,Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyGolders

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This is the moment South Africa’s national anthem is interrupted before their match with Libya as the mobile phone the song was being played from begins receiving messages.

The incident came as the teams were on the pitch before the start of the African Cup of Nations qualifying match held at the Stade Taieb Mhiri stadium in the city of Sfax in Tunisia.

In the video, the South African players can be seen singing their national anthem when the sound cuts and sounds similar to drum rolls can be heard before the music comes back in.

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The anthem then cuts a second time and an advert appears to play briefly along with a message tone before the music is brought back in.

Reports state the incident occurred as the anthem was being played from a mobile phone.

The mishap did not affect South Africa’s performance on the pitch as they beat the hosts 2-1 and confirmed their qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations with the victory in the final qualifying match.

Percy Tau opened for the visitors before Ahmad Benali scored a 66th-minute penalty for the hosts.

Tau then scored a second and sealed the victory for South Africa, who finished second behind Nigeria in the qualifying group.

Alex Cope

I am a senior writer and editor of the Golders news agency specialising in sports news from around the world.

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