Bafana welcome Burkinabe
Cape Town - After a 2-0 defeat to Nigeria in the Nelson Mandela Challenge in midweek, South Africa will face another testing match when they take on Burkina Faso in an international friendly at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, 17 August 2013.
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Bafana Bafana’s clash against the Stallions forms part of the first Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day, a sporting festival at FNB Stadium which will also feature a legends match between South Africa and Italy, as well as the Springboks’ opening Rugby Championship test against Argentina.
Gordon Igesund’s side will be looking to win back some pride after their humbling at the hands of the Super Eagles. However, Burkina Faso will be no pushovers and are returning to the country where they ended as runners-up of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations just six months ago.
While Bafana have a poor record against Nigeria, their head-to-head stats against Burkina Faso make for much better reading. South Africa have claimed three wins from six matches against the West Africans down the years, suffering just one defeat in the process.
The teams first met in a 2002 World Cup qualifier, while their most recent clash was an international friendly in Johannesburg just two years ago. In that clash, Katlego Mphela scored a brace, while Siphiwe Tshabalala, the most capped player in the current Bafana Bafana squad, also got his name on the score sheet.
With Bafana set to face Botswana and the Burkinabe gearing up for Gabon in what will be the last round of matches in the group stage of Africa’s 2014 World Cup qualifying tournament, this match serves as additional preparation for those crunch encounters.
Igesund will continue to give his locally-based and relatively inexperienced squad a chance to learn the ropes in international football against a Burkina Faso side that comes into the game off the back of a 2-1 away win over Morocco in Tangiers in midweek.