Bafana injury free ahead of 2012 Afcon qualifier

Friday, March 25, 2011
By: 
Nthambeleni Gabara

Pretoria - Bafana Bafana players will go into battle against Egypt on Saturday night in top form for the crucial 2012 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier encounter. 

This comes after the team's doctor, Ephraim Nematswerani, gave Bafana a clean bill of health at the conclusion of their preparations at their Royal Marang Hotel base camp in Phokeng on Thursday. 

"I said on Monday that we had a few injuries in the team with three players Siphiwe Tshabalala (right hamstring), Steven Pienaar (bilateral groin) and Reuben Cloete (right groin) on the list. 

"The trio has been on a special individual training programme and have responded well to treatment. Both Tshabalala and Cloete rejoined the team on Tuesday, while Pienaar trained with his team mates on Wednesday and Thursday. 

"I can safely say the team has a clean bill of health. We still have the last training session later today, but I don't foresee any problems, and I am almost certain that the situation will not change. Obviously I will still keep an eye on them but I am satisfied with the results so far," said Nematswerani.

Bafana have one last training session this afternoon at Ellis Park Stadium where they will take on the Pharaohs tomorrow at 8:05 pm.

Meanwhile, 26 000 tickets were sold by lunch time on Thursday for the much anticipated Afcon qualifier match. Tickets are available at Computicket outlets and Shoprite Checkers at R100 for lower tier seats and R50 for upper tier seats.

Parking tickets for the Saturday match are also available at Computicket outlets at R57.

However, football supporters are advised to use the BRT Rea Vaya buses. The bus service will start at 4pm from Thokoza Park in Soweto through the normal BRT route.

Buses will depart from Thokoza Park with five minutes intervals between each departure. Additional buses will be used to ferry supporters from Ellis Park Stadium to various destinations after the match.

Supporters are further urged to remain orderly after the match as sufficient buses will be available to ferry them back to their different destinations.

The cost for a return ticket is R12 at Rea Vaya bus stations. Supporters who will be using the train can buy return tickets for R25 at Computicket outlets. 

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