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SA upset with 'shocking' field

2012-09-07 07:51

Sao Paulo - Bafana Bafana will take the game to Brazil, new national coach Gordon Igesund has promised, when they square off against the five-time world champions in an international friendly in Sao Paulo on Friday night.

"Brazil have shown over the years what a good team they are," Igesund said on Thursday.

"We are under no illusions. We know this will be a tough game for us, but realistically, we are going out there to win."

The South Africans would push forward with an attacking mindset, Igesund said, as they go in search of their first ever victory against Brazil's senior national team.

"I'm taking a big risk tomorrow night," he said.

"We are putting three stikers up front and we are going to take the game to them.

"If they come at us, we will do the same. We want to score goals."

Igesund, meanwhile, lashed out at the groundsmen at Morumbi Stadium for the preparation of the pitch.

"It's a beautiful stadium but the field is shocking," Igesund said.

"We expected it to be better than this. It's bumpy, uneven, and it's not playable.

"They played a game here last night, and we know their league must go on, but I'm sure they could have found a stadium somewhere else.

"If I'm being very honest, the field is in a shocking state."

Igesund said there were no injury concerns in the travelling squad, with recalled striker Benni McCarthy having recovered from a niggle.

With regular skipper Steven Pienaar sidelined, as one of four injured players withdrawn in the build-up to the match, Igesund said he had not yet decided who would wear the captain's armband.

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Comments
  • simphiwe.boqwana - 2012-09-07 08:01

    three strikers? tjo dats ayoba Gordon keep it up

  • shaun.campbell.9275 - 2012-09-07 08:30

    Win or loose, their attitude is PERFECT!! Go out to win and eventually, we will

  • mautla.s.frans - 2012-09-07 08:35

    Wish al da best 4 BAFANA BAFANA.

  • sagren.narain - 2012-09-07 08:39

    I like Gordon, he has courage. He has always been the coach from SA - it just took some time for thise idiots at SAFA to realise it. You go Gordo we are behind you.

  • Erna - 2012-09-07 08:57

    At least he says it like it is! Like his attitude so far.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-09-07 09:13

    Already the first excuse in case we loose - the field was bad! Man, both teams play on the same field and even switch halves! It is the same condition for both! So, just play and see whether you can beat them.

      jacowium - 2012-09-07 22:16

      Ag jirre tog, Willem

  • yaseen.bux.5 - 2012-09-07 10:20

    looks like GI won't be playing for draws like hes predecessor,this kind of infused attitude on to the players will take this attack minded team to new heights,all the best sa!!!

  • mack.malemolla - 2012-09-07 10:44

    make us proud boys...gudluck

  • muffin.kritzinger - 2012-09-07 16:06

    Gordo you you have a great attitude and you going to take our boys far. good luck boys make us proud

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