Bafana Bafana

Bafana touch down in Australia

2014-05-23 14:34
Bafana Bafana train ahead of their international f
Bafana Bafana train ahead of their international friendlies Down Under. Photograph: Gallo Images.
Cape Town - According to the Soccer-Laduma website, Bafana Bafana have touched down in Sydney, Australia, after a 12-hour long flight from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International airport.

Coach Gordon Igesund said although the trip was very energy sapping, he and the boys were in high spirits and ready to give a good account of themselves.

"The boys are really charged up. They have a point to prove and I have never seen such hunger and determination. This match might be a defining moment in their careers.

"These are the boys who will participate in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches and that journey begins here. Most of them are under 24 and need matches of this calibre to gain international experience,” said Igesund.

SAFA's official Twitter account tweeted, ”Bafana Bafana players getting ready to have dinner after a 12-hour flight. They had a pool training session.”

South Africa are in Australasia to face Australia and New Zealand in two respective international friendlies, and SAFA Communications Director, Dominic Chimhavi, confirmed to the crew that it should be all systems to go as no injuries have been reported.

"There is a clean bill of health among the troops, " he said.

Bafana Bafana travelled with a makeshift team to face Australia and New Zealand, and it is understood that they arrived around 06:00 this morning.

According to another tweet by SAFA, "it will be lights off now for @Bafana_Bafana1. The first training session will be at 15h30 tomorrow."

The first fixture against Australia will take place on Monday, May 26 (11:30 SA time) followed by the clash against New Zealand four days later on Friday, May 30 (09:30 SA time).

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