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Igesund to keep cards to chest

2013-01-07 20:44

Cape Town - Bafana Bafana have completed preparations for their international friendly against Norway at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday night (20:30 kick-off).

The match will be South Africa's first since the announcement of the 23-man squad on December 30.

Bafana had an intensive training session on Monday under the watchful eye of head coach Gordon Igesund and his technical team.

Dean Furman was rested for the final session. The midfielder joined the camp on Sunday, after playing in a third-round FA Cup tie for his club Oldham Athletic in England on Saturday.

The coach will select the team from the 22 available players who have all been given a clean bill of health.

"Dean won't get a run as he has played a lot of games for his club in a short space of time, so we will rest him for tomorrow's match, because the bigger picture is the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2013 tournament starting in less than two weeks," Igesund said.

The head coach is confident his players will do well against the 24th-ranked Norway who arrived in South Africa on January 4.

The two countries have met twice before, with South Africa winning one and Norway the other.

"We want to win tomorrow night, but we are more focused on the tournament so I won't be showing my hand fully as to which team will run out for the tournament, and also I don't want players getting injured before we begin our campaign.

"We need a complete turnaround from the last six matches we played where I was looking at players. Now I have been able to spend some time with them and we are getting somewhere.

"I want to excite people with our play, and I want the players to play with flair, pace and passion and we can only do that when we have the crowd behind us," he added.

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Comments
  • nketso.kgwadi - 2013-01-07 20:58

    When I look @ players we had in 96 and now these players now they r just useless

      sihle.zondie - 2013-01-07 21:26

      Please do the whole country a favour,and kill yourself

      hangwi.maphanda - 2013-01-08 09:06

      96 my foot..the present one cn win dis cup as well..

  • sihle.zondie - 2013-01-07 21:23

    Would have loved to see Dillon Classens and Serero in the same starting line up,but hey,i'd take one of them any day

  • sbusiso.mkhatshwa.7 - 2013-01-07 21:55

    I have lost faith in our national team BB...

      jos.badimo - 2013-01-08 09:39

      i have also lost faith in you.

  • kgabo.patrick.7 - 2013-01-07 22:09

    Who knows maybe the game is already fixed,Nemathandane carry on with yr magic

      Robert Simon - 2013-01-07 23:07

      stop being an animal and wish Bafana Bafana the best if luck.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-07 22:30

    Because he has the following cards in his hand: 2 of clubs, 7 of spades, 4 of diamonds, 10 of diamonds and 5 of hearts.

  • Andries Mogomotsi Tumane - 2013-01-08 05:25

    Halala Bafana Bafana halal.....a,i wish u guys all de best result in all game of the tournament, Go free!

  • maeleletjed.mathaka - 2013-01-08 06:08

    I see good game,wander full and unbelievable match 2 - 0 win against Norway ?Never raise your voice just improve the Quality of your argument. ?Life is much like Facebook,People will like your problems

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2013-01-08 07:48

      Norway 3 - 0 Bafunny.

  • oscarbongani.mtshali - 2013-01-08 07:27

    Gordon we are behind you as a nation and please make us proud.To all your players good luck and bring back the pride of the nation

  • GregGow1234 - 2013-01-08 07:40

    It must be difficult to get anyone interested in this sport is South Africa. Nobody is even interested in what is happing at all.

      jos.badimo - 2013-01-08 09:40

      I am also not interested in you.

      profLebza - 2013-01-08 16:01

      Most of us are interested and have bought Afcon tickets already... Please keep those negative sentiments to urself.... Bafana Bafana till death do us part

  • middle.finga.5 - 2013-01-08 08:22

    Bliksem julle,Mr Gordon Igesund n your boys,we fully bihind you chaps.

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2013-01-08 10:05

    Great coach!!

  • mmoledis - 2013-01-08 10:28

    As South Africans and supporters of the national team we dont care about what you the coach will do we just want to see the trophy at the end remain at home as the battle is on home soil,just give good commands to troops and with proper equipments and mind at a right time ready to battle.

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