History favours Bafana
Gordon Igesund (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana will be looking to keep their good record against Morocco going when the teams clash in an international friendly on Friday night.
Bafana and the Atlas Lions will lock horns at the new 45 480 capacity stadium in Agadir City, Morocco at 21:00 on Friday.
Both countries failed to reach the last round of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and are looking to capitalise on the current FIFA week to commence with their new journey in preparing for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) to be staged in Morocco.
The two teams first clashed in the 1998 AFCON quarter-finals in Burkina Faso when South Africa triumphed 2-1 courtesy of Benni McCarthy
and David Nyathi strikes under Jomo Sono
Bafana also defeated the Lions 3-2 during AFCON 2002 in Mali when Sibusiso Zuma
, Thabo Mngomeni and Siyabonga Nomvethe grabbed goals for Carlos Quiroz’s men.
The two sides clashed for a third time during AFCON 2004 at the Monastir Stadium in Tunisia, when Patrick Mayo
grabbed a goal for Bafana to share the spoils 1-1 under the helm of the late Styles Phumo.
Their most recent meeting ended in a 2-2 stalemate in the continental showpiece at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban earlier this year. Midfielder May Mahlangu
and defender Siyabonga Sangweni
found the back of the net for the rainbow nation on that occasion.
Victory for Bafana on Friday would also ease the pressure on coach Gordon Igesund
’s shoulders as he already failed to reach all the mandates handed to him by SAFA when he took over the national team’s hot seat in July 2012.