Ngcongca and Co will have to take the heat
BAFANA Bafana fullback Anele Ngcongca faces 37C heat tomorrow when his Belgian club Racing Genk play in the Europa League.
Genk, who competed in the European Champions League last season, have a precarious 2-1 lead in their tie against Aktobe and have to try to defend their advantage, in potentially insufferable heat, away in the second leg on the fringes of the central Asian desert.
Genk's squad travelled on a five-hour flight yesterday to spend an extra day acclimatising to the heat, which can reach a high of 45C, and a three-hour time difference, according to coach Mario Been, who is concerned about conditions. Usually clubs only travel one day before a continental club tie.
Cape Town-born Ngcongca, now in his fifth season at the club, could be shifted from right back to the centre of defence as Genk hope to keep intact their one-goal lead. The coach has hinted that he is tempted to use the South African's experience in a key position.
But their hosts have an advantage, having scored an away goal in the first leg in Belgium last Thursday, and would go through on the away goals rule if they get just a 1-0 win.