Bafana Bafana

Bafana head for Niamey

2011-08-29 13:20
Pitso Mosimane (Gallo)
Johannesburg - South Africa’s mission to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finals continues this weekend when they face Niger at the Stade General Seyni Kountche, Niamey, in their penultimate Group G match.
The encounter takes place on Sunday afternoon, with kick-off at 16:30 South African time.
Bafana Bafana are on the verge of securing a berth in the continental finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea early next year, but this could prove to be their toughest match of the qualifying tournament.
Having secured away draws in Freetown and Cairo in qualifying so far, Pitso Mosimane’s men head to Niamey knowing that they will face fierce heat and a hostile crowd factors which helped ‘Mena’ record home wins over Egypt and Sierra Leone.
The six points garnered from those two fixtures sees the Nigeriens placed second in the group standings, just two points adrift of Bafana Bafana, and they will certainly be eyeing a victory which would send them top and put them within touching distance of a first ever qualification for the Nations Cup finals.
Mosimane will be without four key players due to injury – regular captain Steven Pienaar, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and English-based duo Kagisho Dikgacoi and Davide Somma – but has still been able to select an experienced squad that features just one uncapped player in Mamelodi Sundowns’ Musa Nyatama.
“We need all the experience we can get in this match,” said the Bafana Bafana coach upon naming his squad last week.
“It is just unfortunate that we won’t have the four injured players. But we are a national team we have to keep going, and I know we have players capable of raising their hands when needed.
“I also believe we have enough ammunition to tackle this assignment, and as soldiers on a mission we have to bring back positive results. We did so in trying conditions in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and I am confident we can do the same in Niamey as this is a replica match of Freetown.”
The national team are in camp at the Royal Marang Sports Complex in Rustenburg and will fly to Niamey by chartered plane on Friday, 2 September.



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi

Bafana Bafana have been drawn with Cameroon, Gambia and Mauritania in the qualification stages for the 2017 AFCON tournament. Where will Shakes Mashaba's men finish in their pool?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.