Bafana ready to take on Poland tonight

Friday, October 12, 2012

Pretoria - Bafana Bafana have completed their preparations ahead of their friendly international match against Poland to be played in the capital Warsaw later this evening. 

Kick-off is 8:45pm.

After three training sessions, South Africa's head coach Gordon Igesund has declared a clean bill of health for the team as all the players are available for selection. 

This will be the third match Igesund is in charge, following encounters against Brazil and Mozambique last month.

"I believe this is going to be a great match because it's a good test for us to play against top European side. This is the kind of match, we wanted and I believe the boys will learn a lot. I am looking forward to the match as much as the players, and I hope it will be a worthwhile exercise as this is an important period since we are building for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations," said Igesund.

Poland is ranked 54th to Bafana Bafana's 76th position.

This is the second time that the two sides will meet. They met shortly before the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup tournament in South Africa, with Terror Fanteni scoring the solitary goal in the match.

Bafana skipper, Bongani Khumalo, said the spirit in the camp was good. 

"We have had just three training sessions, but we have done a lot. We are really looking forward to the match and for us it's a great challenge playing a good side like Poland. We have quality players that I believe will be able to handle the situation," he said.

The defender took over the armband from former skipper Steven Pienaar who recently announced his retirement from international football.

Bafana will fly to Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday morning to face that country in another friendly international match on Tuesday. The clash will take place at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi and the match kicks off at 6pm SA time. -