Bafana Bafana

Busy year ahead for Bafana

2017-01-31 18:32
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Cape Town - This year will turn out to be one of the busiest for Bafana Bafana as they will be playing almost every month, apart from May and December.

After no action for three months - since the 2018 Soccer World Cup Russia qualifier against Senegal at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in November 2016, which Bafana Bafana won 2-1 - the South African national team will return to the field at the end of the first quarter of 2017.

First up are two international FIFA dates on March 25 and 28 - home and away respectively - against as yet unnamed opponents.

In April there will be back to back CHAN qualifiers between the 20th and 30th.

The next outing will be an away clash in Nigeria in the first match of the Africa Cup of Nations 2019 qualifiers on the weekend of June 9-11, followed by an international friendly fixture a few days later (June 13) against a yet to be named opponent.

July and early August will see South Africa continuing with the CHAN qualifiers with the likelihood of another international friendly at the end of August.

September will perhaps be Bafana Bafana’s most hectic period of the year as they resume their 2018 World Cup qualifiers with back-to-back clashes against Cape Verde - with the first match away.

This will be followed another back-to-back set of encounters in the CHAN qualifiers, with the last qualifier scheduled for the beginning of October.

Burkina Faso lie in wait in the penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday, October 7 in South Africa.

Bafana will close the year with potentially the most important match of their lives when they travel to Senegal for the final match of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, set for the weekend of November 10/11.

The draw for the 2018 World Cup will be held in December.

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