Bafana Bafana

Bafana v Brazil in March

2013-12-19 13:08
Gordon Igesund (Gallo)

Johannesburg - South Africa will host Brazil in a friendly international match on March 5 at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, the SA Football Association (SAFA) announced on Thursday.

"In my opinion, Brazil is one of the greatest teams of all time," Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said.

"For a team, players and coaches to play against the best teams in the world is something that doesn't usually happen."

In October, Brazilian officials announced the fixture would take place and it appeared on FIFA's international calendar for the new year.

Safa confirmed the fixture a month after Bafana shocked World and European champions Spain with a 1-0 victory in a friendly in Johannesburg on November 19.

It would be the fifth time the two sides would meet since 1996 with Brazil winning the four previous encounters -- 3-2 in Soweto, 2-1 and 1-0 in Johannesburg, and 1-0 in Sao Paulo last September.

Their last encounter, played in Brazil's largest city, marked Igesund's first game in charge of the national team.

Meanwhile, Brazilian ambassador to South Africa Pedro Mendonca dismissed any fears that the South American nation would be unable to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup, following doubts about the organisers meeting deadlines before the kick-off in June next year.

"Everything changes by the time the tournament starts. Brazilians are absolutely passionate about football," Mendonca said.

"As in South Africa, I'm sure it's going to be a very lively and a great World Cup.

"You must also remember that it's the second world cup in Brazil.

"I'm sure the whole population is going to be united and it will be a very successful tournament."

Brazil had previously hosted the World Cup in 1950, when Uruguay lifted the trophy.

Read more on:    safa  |  bafana bafana  |  gordon igesund  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
9 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? 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.