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Football | Bafana Bafana

Gordon Igesund, Bernard Parker and Thulani Serero © Backpagepix

Bafana face Algeria test in Orlando



South Africa will look to pick up a win against the continent’s second-highest ranked side Algeria when the teams meet for an international friendly at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday, kick-off at 8:30pm (CAT, GMT +2).

Live broadcast for this match starts at 3pm on SS HD4, SS4 and live streaming at supersport.com.

Bafana Bafana slumped to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of a makeshift Norway team in a midweek friendly in Cape Town and will use this match against the North Africans as the final warm-up before the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations kicks-off on January 19.

Coach Gordon Igesund would have been disappointed to lose to the Scandinavians, but believes there are positives to be taken out of the performance in the Mother City and which can be built on in this game in Soweto.

“What's important is that we are creating these opportunities and we are getting into good areas, so I'm not too worried about the lack of penetration in attack,” said the Bafana coach after the match.

“I don't think we have created so many chances in a game in a long, long time. The players know they played well, that they had this team on the back foot, and Norway only created a couple of half-chances.

“We wanted to try and win it, and we were very unlucky. I think we must have had about 70 percent possession. Defensively we kept them at bay. They had some very tall strikers which we dealt with quite easily, and we turned defence into attack very well.”

Algeria are the perfect opponents for this stage of AFCON preparations. Not only are they fellow competitors at the tournament (they are drawn in Group D alongside Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Togo), the ‘Desert Warriors’ will provide a similar style of play to that Bafana will encounter against Morocco in their final Group A match.

Algeria are former Nations Cup champions (they won the trophy on home soil in 1990) and have appeared at the Fifa World Cup three times, including the 2010 finals in South Africa. Coached by the well-travelled Vahid Halilhodžic, Algeria are ranked 19th on Fifa’s overall ladder and second in Africa behind Ivory Coast.

This will be the third meeting of South Africa and Algeria. The teams’ two previous matches were both in Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. In 1996, Bafana Bafana defeated the North Africans 2-1 in the quarterfinals en route to winning the championships. Four years later the teams played to a 1-1 draw in a Group B match in Kumasi, Ghana.

SA v Algeria – previous meetings

27 January, 1996

v Algeria 2-1 (Fish 72', Moshoeu 85'; Lazizi 84')

African Nations Cup quarterfinal

Soccer City, Johannesburg

Cautions: Radebe 40', P Masinga 62'; Lazizi 41', El Ouazani 44', Hamdani 70'

Ref.: Ali Bujsaim (United Arab Emirates)

Att.: 50000

South Africa: Andre Arendse, Sizwe Motaung, Lucas Radebe, Mark Fish, Neil Tovey capt., Eric Tinkler, Linda Buthelezi, Doctor Khumalo (Helman Mkhalele 79'), John Moshoeu, Phil Masinga, Mark Williams (Shaun Bartlett 76'). Coach: Clive Barker.

Algeria: Haniched, Bekhti (Hamdani 60'), Zerrouki, Slatni, Lazizi, Meftah, El Ouazani (Zekri 81'), Saib, Dziri, Lounici, Mecabih. Coach: Fergani.

2 February, 2000

v Algeria 1-1 (Bartlett 2'; Moussouni 52')

African Nations Cup finals Group B

Sports stadium, Kumasi

Ref.: Tessema Hailemalak (Ethiopia)

Att.: 1000

Algeria: Benabdellah, Mamouni, Benhamlat, Amrouche, Meftah, Kraouche, Dziri, Saib, Ghazi, Tasfaout, Moussouni (Haddou 57'). Coach: Sandjak.

South Africa: Hans Vonk, Lucas Radebe capt., Mark Fish, Pierre Issa, Eric Tinkler (Papi Khomane 60'), Dumisa Ngobe, Helman Mkhalele, Thabo Mngomeni (Alex Bapela 46'), Quinton Fortune (Steve Lekoelea 46'), Shaun Bartlett, Glen Salmon. Coach: Trott Moloto.

SA v Algeria – head-to-head

P W D L GF GA

2 1 1 0 3 2

South Africa

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Wayne Sandilands, Senzo Meyiwa

Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa, Tsepo Masilela, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Nthethe, Thabo Matlaba

Midfielders: Siphiwe Tshabalala, Kagisho Dikgacoi, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Lerato Chabangu, Oupa Manyisa, Thulani Serero, May Mahlangu, Dean Furman, Thuso Phala

Forwards: Katlego Mphela, Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie, Lehlohonolo Majoro

Algeria squad

Goalkeepers: Rais M’bohli, Azzedine Doukha, Cedric Si Mohamed

Defenders: Rafik Halliche, Djamel Mesbah, Carl Medjani, Essaid Belkalem, Liassine Cadamuro, Faouzi Ghoulam, Ali Rial

Midfielders: Khaled Lemmouchia, Yacine Bezzaz, Hameur Bouazza, Medhi Lacen, Adlene Guedioura, Foued Kadir, Ryad Boudebouz, Mehdi Mostefa, Sofiane Feghouli, Saad Tedjar

Forwards:El Arbi Hillel Soudani, Islam Slimani, Mohamed Amine Aoudia

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