Bafana plan to outshine Ghana

2010-08-10 11:18

Johannesburg - Pitso Mosimane wanted a challenge when he was installed in the Bafana Bafana hotseat and is set to get just that in his first test against Ghana.

Soccer City is expected to be packed on Wednesday night when the Black Stars tackle South Africa in the first post-World Cup clash for both sides.

Milovan Rajevac's charges were Africa's finest representatives at the showpiece - reaching the semi-finals of the tournament and cruelly denied a spot in the next round thanks to Luis Suarez's handball and Asamoah Gyan's subsequent missed penalty.

Local fans took a liking to Ghana, so much so that most are planning to support both teams at the continent's largest sporting venue.

Mosimane insists he is in a confident mood ahead of the showdown, despite stating that the Black Stars would provide a true reflection of how well Bafana have progressed.

"I am looking for continuity. We all know how good Ghana are. They were the best African side at the World Cup, but I believe we can beat them," he said.

"I am not making any promises but I have confidence in my players who I know will come to the party in my first game in charge of Bafana."

Mosimane has kept the majority of Carlos Alberto Parreira's World Cup 23, but Matthew Booth and Siyabonga Nomvete were overlooked, while Bongani Khumalo and Lucas Thwala were omitted from the original squad due to injury.

Kagisho Dikgacoi was forced to withdraw from the squad due to a muscle tear in his right thigh and his replacement, Andile Jali will also not be involved in the encounter due to an ankle injury.

Sthembiso Ngcobo, meanwhile, will be desperate to impress upon earning a rare nod for the national team - especially after he went AWOL after his first call-up.

Mosimane has revealed he is keen to look at all his options and thus, we could see two different teams in both halves at Soccer City.

Ghana, meanwhile, were forced into a late change of their own as striker Dominic Adiyiah (illness) was replaced by Ransford Osei.

Rajevac will have a strong squad at his disposal with only heavyweights Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah and John Pantsil missing from the camp.

Fan favourites Kevin-Prince Boateng and Asamoah Gyan are expected to start on Wednesday night, which should keep Itumeleng Khune and Moeneeb Josephs busy in the Bafana goal.

Mosimane is eager to get his tenure off to a positive start and what better team to win against than the side who captured Africa's imagination in June and July.

The Black Stars of Ghana have kept their promise to South Africa, bringing most of their World Cup stars here for Wednesday night's friendly at Soccer City.

Bafana squad:

Itumeleng Khune (Kaizer Chiefs), Moeneeb Josephs (Orlando Pirates), Siboniso Gaxa, Innocent Mdledle (both Mamelodi Sundowns), Bevan Fransman (Hapoel Tel Aviv, Israel), Tsepo Masilela (Maccabi Haifa, Israel), Aaron Mokoena (Portsmouth, England), Morgan Gould (SuperSport United), Anele Ngcongca (RC Genk, Belgium) and Siyabonga Sangweni (Golden Arrows), Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane (both Kaizer Chiefs), Daine Klate, Teko Modise (both Orlando Pirates), Thanduyise Khuboni (Golden Arrows), Steven Pienaar (Everton, England), MacBeth Sibaya (Rubin Kazan, Russia) and Surprise Moriri (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sthembiso Ngcobo (Kaizer Chiefs), Katlego Mphela (Mamelodi Sundowns) and Bernard Parker (FC Twente, Holland).

Ghana squad:

Richard Kingson (unattached), Daniel Agyei (Liberty Professionals), Samuel Inkoom (Basel), Harrison Afful (Esperance), John Mensah (Lyon), Lee Addy (Bechem Chelsea), Jonathan Mensah (Granada), Anthony Annan (Rosenborg), Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu (Udinese), Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese), Andre Ayew (Marseille), Kevin-Prince Boateng (Portsmouth), Cofie Bekoe (Petrojet), Bernard Kumordzi (Panionios), Asamoah Gyan (Rennes), Ransford Osei (Twente), Haminu Draman (Lokomotiv Moscow), Yaw Antwi (Vojvodina).


  • goalie - 2010-08-10 12:02

    So again, where is Booth?! I predict Bafana will not beat Ghana this century and probably not even in the next one either. Fortunately most of us won't be around to witness it...

  • M - 2010-08-10 12:07

    Ghana are the best in Africa IMO. They will beat Bafana. Unless they made an agreement to make it a "very friendly" friendly.

  • magic - 2010-08-10 12:17

    i'm happy about the squad that Pitso selected i'm very happy i wish them all the best against BaGhana BaGhana

  • Iris Leotlela - 2010-08-10 12:43

    i know u can make it Bafana Bafana show them that u from emzantsi bafa bafa yini! Ayeye Ghana.

  • wormwood - 2010-08-10 12:45

    I think Mthokozisi Yende deserves a call up also Lebong Mokoena, Franklin Cale but as for Moriri, Teko and Katlego really please

  • dumkofp - 2010-08-10 12:53

    We will win by miles. Go Bafana

  • E'e' - 2010-08-10 13:02

    Ooooh crap, Essien's back. PS That's bull, what do they mean, fans plan on supporting "both teams" the hek do you support both teams. You either want one to win, or lose. I fear for bafans, nevertheless, i will be in my bfans kit on wed. Tchwala Tchwala

  • Bianca Dax - 2010-08-10 13:28

    Thanx for this game, coz SA hosted such an amazing WORLD CUP that my love for soccer has been ELECTRIFIED, and I cannot get enough of the Bafana players. They're just great, and guys don't forget to do the dance after scoring, thats the highlight. With this squad I think Ghana can be hammered dearly.

  • Andre - 2010-08-10 13:57

    Once again there is a problem, the only "white" player gets droped!! Where is the rainbow nation in Bafana Bafana, B Kompela needs to raise this issue instead of the nonsense he usually does with rugby. Dont blame the cricket and rugby for not playing "black" players.

  • Nkunzi - 2010-08-10 14:42

    Poor journalism once gain -- Ghana did not reach the semi-finals of the 2010 WC as you incorrectly indicate. They were knocked out in the quarter-final stage! Please get your facts rights before publishing incorrect and misleading information. "Milovan Rajevac's charges were Africa's finest representatives at the showpiece - reaching the semi-finals of the tournament and cruelly denied a spot in the next round thanks to Luis Suarez's handball and Asamoah Gyan's subsequent missed penalty. '' Thanks!

  • Tieho - 2010-08-10 14:53

    The hypocracy is killing me, if it was th boks who did not have one single black this would be in government, but no since its Bafana wihtout a single white player its okay...where is Booth who deserves to in this side? now why government so quite...well if anyone can tell me why booth is not in the team and Aaron is i would love to hear it! i hope moers them for their unfair selection policy

  • Themba - 2010-08-10 15:33

    South Africa Pitso should be an assistant to any south african coach

  • Koos - 2010-08-10 21:22

    Just a friendly not much importance attached to the match in Ghana. Just a thank you for the people of SA.Looking forward to a good match. Results matter less to the Black Stars but when the big competitions come all the players will be around.

  • Emmanuel - 2010-08-10 21:28

    Bafana will do well . However to be the best in the continent they need to beat the powerhouses in their back yard to improve their standings in World Soccer. Imagine beating Egypt in Cairo you will earn the respect of the whole world. To shine in Afcon and qualify for 3014 the away factor in Africa will be very critical.

  • nel - 2010-08-10 21:32

    Journalism is poor . Where are your facts. Missing in the Ghana yeam is the regular centre back Isaac Vorsah, left back Hans Adu Sarpei and strikers Amoah and Prince Tagoe, However Ghana is preparing for the future hence some of the changes ,

  • skhumbuzo mabhodla - 2010-08-12 17:45

    What a perfomance by bafana i think if we can keep things dis way we can shine at Africa centre stage, but i wish we can give mbazo a rest and let Sangweni take his spot.

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