Forgot Password

 

Register

 

Create your Connect ID

This will allow you to login to all DStv websites & applications




or
Login using
x

Email Reset

 




Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Bafana Bafana

Gordon Igesund © Gallo Images

GI confident despite short build-up



Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund believes his side will be ready to take on reigning African champions Zambia, despite having the full squad together for only one training session ahead of the Nelson Mandela Challenge at FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening. Catch the game live on SS4 and SSHD4 from 7:30pm (CAT, GMT +2)

The national side assembled in Johannesburg on Sunday evening, with Bongani Khumalo and Anele Ngcongca joining the team late Monday afternoon, to complete Igesund's squad ahead of the one-off clash.

"It's certainly not a surprise to us," Igesund said on Monday.

"We are always aware of the situation that the players coming from overseas are going to come late.

"The players have had a tough weekend – some have played three games in a week – so I couldn't do anything with them this morning.

"On Tuesday I've got maybe an hour-and-a-half to prepare them for the match, but we'll be fine."

Igesund added that he would be using the match to assess where his players were in their preparation for the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament starting in January.

"This is the type of game that we need," Igesund said.

"I think we are much better than what we were a month ago, so I think it's a good game for us to have.

"They (Zambia) are a really good team, they are well organised and they have some useful players in the side.

"Win or lose, this game will give me a good indication where we are and how we are progressing."

Zambia captain Christopher Katongo said after arriving in the country on Sunday that the hosts would be under pressure to beat the defending Afcon champions. Igesund, however, rubbished the statement.

"There is no pressure on Bafana to win a friendly match," he said.

"The pressure is on Bafana to win Afcon. We are doing the preparations right now, so there is no pressure on the players. They have to go out there and perform.

"They are professionals and they will do their job."

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Sports Talk



Neil Tovey
Baxter’s men on the ball
Kaizer Chiefs’ 15-match winning streak may have ended but they remain the team to beat in the PSL.

Chima Emmanuel Aguma
Mata can't replace Rooney
Manchester United started the first of three crucial Premier League games against West Brom (away),...

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Rodgers must focus on the league
Many footballers arriving in the Barclays Premier League have been warned of second-season syndrome.

Sunday Oliseh
Dortmund's winning formula is killing it
I sat in Signal Iduna Park to watch Dortmund over-run Arsenal and wondered, how long will it take...

John Dykes
A Gooner or a gonner?
An International Break can do funny things to the mind. Mine, for instance was heavily engaged this...

Dr Errol Sweeney
Why can’t soccer be like rugby?
Sport is supposed to be sport; something we all do for the love of it, for recreational purposes,...