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Bafana secure Brazil clash

2012-06-22 09:26

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana will play Brazil in an international friendly match in Sao Paolo, Brazil on September 7.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) revealed they had secured the fixture on Friday.

"The match will form part of a symbolic hand-over from the previous to present hosts of the Soccer World Cup - South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup, while Brazil will host the tournament in two years' time," said SAFA in a statement.

"We are honoured to be playing Brazil in their backyard, as they seldom play friendly matches at home," said SAFA CEO Robin Petersen.

"To us this is a big coup, considering it will probably be the first official match for the new Bafana coach, whom we will announce at the end of this month," he added.

"We are very delighted to announce that we have just received the final confirmation, because we have been working on this match for the last six months."

The last time Bafana met Brazil was at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, on June 25, 2009 in the FIFA Confederations Cup, which the Samba boys won 1-0.

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Comments
  • razz.tazz.9 - 2012-06-22 10:00

    Can we declare the 7 Sept. a public holiday. A BIG massacre will take place on that day.

      VaMbozha - 2012-06-22 11:18

      ha ha ha players will collapse on the pitch..as they run and kick the wind..and the ball looking so small like a golf ball and untouchable.

  • david.lebethe - 2012-06-22 10:03

    Few words I inviting comment - why work for six months when it is just a symbolic hand-over game? I have every reason to believe that this is another poor planning by powers that be. I have no doubt that SAFA paid a huge apperance fee for the game that will be played in Brazil. Otherwise, why would it ned a six months praying hard to just play a symbolic game? Again, why deny the South African public the game when it is their money which has been used to stage the game? Bafana-Bafana is not a powerhouse for Brazil to worry about as SAFA must have paid for the game.

  • Ian - 2012-06-22 10:07

    20-0 to brazil

  • spencer.nel.stevens - 2012-06-22 10:08

    I'm hoping we'll at least be beaten 3-1 :D I'm a Bafana fan, but honestly, Brazil's C-team will decimate this current Bafana without even breakin a sweat! Let's hope they improve by then!!

      hugo.mabasa - 2012-06-22 13:16

      1996:brazil 3-2 SA 2009:BRAZIL 1-0 SA note: in both games brazil scored winner in the last 10 min.We can hold our own.BTW we have never been beaten by more than a 2 goal margin by the so called big teams.Here i am counting spain,germany,france,england and brazil.

      poloyatonkim - 2012-06-22 14:52

      HugoMabasa.... I hear what you are saying but a lose is a lose even if we can lose 20 games all of them by 1 - 0 we will in the same category as the team that lost by 10 goal to zero...

  • ovayo.nkisimane - 2012-06-22 10:09

    Come on you guys need to do your research... Brazil won the FIFA World Cup 5 times not 6 times... They did not win the World Cup in 1982 as stated in your article... Geez, poor reporting, how do we trust if there is truth in this story then?

  • fdalana - 2012-06-22 10:10

    bafana must not be going there to beg brazil to allow them to qualify for the wc just becouse they hosted the previous one.

  • ntombiziyabusa.bhengu - 2012-06-22 10:18

    Hey sport24.co.za morons, Italy won the World Cup in 1982.

  • Robi - 2012-06-22 10:29

    what point do we want to prove; I mean really???

  • Pieter Joubert - 2012-06-22 10:31

    Oh God, it will be a massacre!

      msendi - 2012-06-22 11:42

      Bafana played Brazil more than once. Let's rally behind our boys…

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-06-22 10:49

    why waist more of tax payers money for them to travel to brazil and get further humiliated. get your act together first before you attempt trying to compete with the world.

      hugo.mabasa - 2012-06-22 13:18

      SAFA has sponsors.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-06-22 11:11

    If Gordon Igesund is coach then we can keep the scoreline decent, and come out of it with some degree of respectability.

      hugo.mabasa - 2012-06-22 13:18

      even better,he will be our goal keeper

  • tmadanhire - 2012-06-22 11:18

    what a sign of good gesture from the Brazilians. our guys need real quality game time with top pros. they need to be exposed to quality international soccer. a good hand over take over as well. keep it up guys!!!!

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-06-22 11:38

    they had to meet france or brazil to qualify for the the cup and against all odds to secure a win as they lost the previous matches. can we read between the lines that this match is paid for? "The match will form part of a symbolic hand-over from the previous to present hosts of the Soccer World Cup - South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup, while Brazil will host the tournament in two years' time," said SAFA in a statement. " LOL

  • frans.mosia - 2012-06-22 12:03

    Bafana may be the underdogs but the truth is, this will be a real test for Bafana. When Bafana win against weak oppositions people say they must challenge strong oppositions and when they challenge strong oppositions people despair.

  • Dipzen - 2012-06-22 15:33

    Ag come on guys stop with the negativity. At last we are play a strong team that is not from our continent away from home. This can only help bafana get used to playing away games. Our team plays too many home matches and that's why we even flop against weak teams away. Now if safa can get us to play against the likes of germany,england, italy etc on a regular basis we will be a better team in no time.

  • hapotter - 2012-06-23 00:15

    WHY ALL THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS HERE? Jeesh!...Friendly Games against top teams is what South Africa need more often...our stadiums are just sitting there like lions, hungry for bigger games since the world cup and it will help the team gain experience and rebuild.It will also be the new coach's (probably Gordon Igesund) time to prove himself and lift South Africa to where they belong, as Africa's number 1 (For those negative peeps, look at the bigger picture, before you get a permanent red card from other football supporters)

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