Mzwakhe Ngwenya
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24 Aug 2013
8:00 am

Zim friendly ‘key for SA’

Mzwakhe Ngwenya

Gordon Igesund has described Bafana Bafana's international friendly against Zimbabwe as a good match to prepare for the Chan tournament next year.

FILE PIC. Gordon Igesund, coach of South Africa. Picture ©Gavin Barker.

The Bafana coach said the team Zimbabwe would bring to a Johannesburg venue yet to be confirmed in September will give his team a good test.

“They will be bringing the players who played in the Cosafa Cup and I think it’s a good side to play against,” Igesund said.

Igesund mentioned that his focus at this juncture is make sure he selects a credible side for Bafana’s ultimate 2014 Brazil World Cup qualifier against Botswana to take place on September 7.

The Zimbabwe friendly takes place three days later.

“That’s where my focus is now and nothing else,” he said. “But the game against Zimbabwe will sort of give me an idea on the players I may select for the Chan tournament next year.”

Bafana are in a tight position going into their final qualifier against Botswana’s Zebras as they are second in Group A with eight points while table toppers Ethiopia have 10.

Bafana must win their match and hope Ethiopia don’t beat the Central African Republic (CAR) in the other match.

And looking at how both Ethiopia and CAR play, it is difficult to conjure up CAR holding Ethiopia. This is what makes many consider Bafana’s chances of going into the final round of qualifiers as next to nothing.