Bafana Bafana

Bafana adapting to artificial pitch

2014-10-10 07:00
Kermit Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kermit Erasmus admits that many things favour Congo in their AFCON qualifying encounter but expects Bafana Bafana to rise to the occasion.

Read: Barker behind Shakes

Speaking to Orlando Pirates’ website, the forward revealed that he found it difficult at first to get comfortable on the artificial pitch. Bafana have been training on a synthetic surface at the Royal Marang Sports Complex ahead of their Congo encounter on Saturday.

“It’s a bit difficult getting used to the fast pace of it,” said Erasmus.

“How the ball skids off the surface is obviously different from playing on natural grass but we are professional footballers, we have to adapt to different circumstances.

“In any case we know our opposition and we know what to expect. We are well prepared and we just need to go out there and give everything for the country.”

Erasmus was unfortunate not to feature in Congo when Pirates played AC Leopards in the CAF Champions League but the striker is confident he will be able to adapt having competed in Africa before.

“It’s never easy playing away from home especially outside of South Africa but we have to put that aside and focus on the main prize which is to progress to the next stage,” said Erasmus.

“You know there will always be trials and tribulations but we won’t allow that to be a factor because our only objective is to win.”

Bafana Bafana fixtures:

Saturday, October 11, Congo v SA (Pointe Noire) - 16:30

Wednesday, October 15, SA v Congo (Peter Mokaba Stadium) - 20:05

Read more on:    bafana bafana  |  afcon 2015  |  kermit erasmus  |  soccer

What To Read Next


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
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


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


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

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.