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Mon Apr 21 09:08:15 SAST 2014

Igesund will get his wish of African opposition

SBU MJIKELISO | 21 September, 2012 06:220 Comments
May Mahlangu during the International Friendly match between South Africa and Mozambique at Mbombela Stadium on September 11, 2012 in Nelspruit
Image by: Manus van Dyk / Gallo Images

THE SA Football Association has promised Bafana coach Gordon Igesund that his team will definitely have African opposition for the October 16 international window.

Safa has lined up Egypt or Kenya to face Bafana after their friendly against Poland on October 12.

After Bafana's 2-0 win in the friendly against Mozambique last week, the new coach voiced his dismay at facing European opposition, saying African opponents would make for better preparation for the African Cup of Nations .

"We're still busy with that. But there definitely will be a game on the 16th [of October]," Igesund said.

"I don't know who it is going to be at this stage, but I think we are going to get an African team."

Most African teams will be involved in Afcon qualifiers during next month's international window, but Igesund is optimistic they can convince the nations that wouldn't be playing.

The coach also has player injury concerns to deal with as he finalises his squad's selection ahead of the trip to Bydgoszcz.

Earlier this week, Swedish club Malmo striker Tokelo Rantie suffered a shoulder injury, the same fate suffered by Dino Ndlovu when Bafana played Brazil two weeks ago, leaving Igesund thin on striking options.

"I'm disappointed about Dino Ndlovu and Rantie," he said.

"The nice thing is that there are lots of games [featuring] a couple of players I'm looking at. This Saturday's final and next Tuesday and Wednesday's fixtures will give me an opportunity to have one last look at those players."

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