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Sat Apr 19 21:37:03 SAST 2014

Bafana have no special plan for Neymar

TEAMtalk Media | 04 September, 2012 13:580 Comments
Olympics Day 15 - Men's Football Final - Brazil v Mexico
Neymar of Brazil shows his dejection during the men's football final between Brazil and Mexico on day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund says he will not put too much emphasis on keeping Neymar quiet when his side face Brazil in a friendly international this weekend.

South Africa left Johannesburg for Sao Paulo on Monday as they begin their preparations for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations against the Samba Kings on Friday evening.

Neymar recently caught the attentions of world football following his sublime showing at the 2012 London Olympics, but Igesund feels the forward is just one of eleven players his side will need to cope with.

"Obviously we know a good deal about Neymar," Igesund told Supersport.

"We'll certainly discuss ways and means of curbing his influence.

"But when you play against Brazil you expect to come up against 11 top-class players and we are not going to fall into the trap of concentrating overly on one player to the detriment of the opposition as a whole."

He added: "There is no doubt that Neymar is an exceptional talent that only emerges once in a blue moon, but he is also relatively inexperienced when you compare him with someone like Barcelona's (Lionel) Messi.

"We will take this into account when formulating our plans."

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