Gordon lines up friendlies

FILE PICTURE: Gordon Igesund. Picture: Refilwe Modise.

FILE PICTURE: Gordon Igesund. Picture: Refilwe Modise.

With the World Cup in Brazil just a dream of what might have been, Gordon Igesund says he plans two upcoming friendlies next month for Bafana Bafana to prepare for next year’s Chan tournament.

Swaziland and Namibia have been mentioned as possible opponents for the national team for the November Fifa dates.¬†Igesund did not confirm whether Swaziland or Namibia would provide his side with the necessary preparation for next year’s competition on home soil.

“There’s a possibility of many other opponents other than those two,” he said. “We are still talking to other countries.”¬†Igesund said they would have to be African sides as it would defeat the purpose if he were to play, for an example, a European nation.

Mozambique are also a team Bafana may face in the week of November 16 to 19.¬†“We have contractual stuff to fulfil now before we make a formal announcement,” Igesund said.

On the Chan tournament itself, Igesund said he was still looking at some local players he has had his eye on.

“Chan is played by the local players and I think it would also be wise for me to give them a chance in the upcoming friendly games,” he said.

Igesund’s Bafana are in Group A of the tournament which is played after every Africa Cup of Nations, and are pitted against Mali, Nigeria and Mozambique.

Two weeks ago, Bafana had an impressive 1-1 draw against Morocco in Agadir, a performance which would have pleased him, even though it was not exclusively local players in the starting line-up.

But the presence of home- brewed talent like Bongani Zungu, Keegan Dolly and Sbusiso Vilakazi should please him ahead of the Chan.




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