Bafana to battle it out with Jamaica

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pretoria - Bafana Bafana is anticipated to return hope to South African football enthusiasts as the national team takes on the South American side, Jamaica tonight in Bloemfontein.

After their satisfactory performance against Asian champions, Japan on Saturday in a friendly match which ended nil-nil, Carlos Alberto Parreira's charges have to win tonight's match to return the country's national pride and self-confidence.

When he returned to the national team recently, Parreira pledged to build the winning mentality in his team and in tonight's clash Bafana Bafana's fans need nothing but a win.

The Brazilian coach is expected to field new players, such as former Under 20 national side duo
Kermit Erasmus and Daylon Classen, who have had a superb performance during the recent Under 20 FIFA World Cup in Egypt.

Orlando Pirate central defender, Lucas Thwala will possibly start in the space of injured Tsepo Masilela. The match to be played at Vodacom Stadium will be broadcasted live on SABC 1.

If the national team lose or draw this match, Parreira will have to intensify his plans as he promised the nation that he wanted to take Bafana to the second round of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Meanwhile, on Thursday 2010 Local Organising Committee will host a flag-rasing ceremony to welcome the 32 countries that have qualified to participate in the FIFA World Cup next year.

The flag raising ceremony will be attended by Ambassadors and embassy representatives from all the qualified nations participating in the tournament, with the final list of 32 teams set to be known by 18 November 2009 when the last playoff positions are concluded.