Brazil will not underestimate Bafana Bafana - Coach Dunga

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Johannesburg - Brazil Coach Dunga has warned his players not to underestimate Bafana Bafana when they lock horns in a much anticipated FIFA Confederations Cup semifinal clash tonight.

Addressing reporters in Johannesburg on Wednesday, Coach Dunga said it is always difficult to play against the host country, adding that Bafana Bafana is improving in each and every game and they are the dangerous side.

"They played a good football against Spain and we will not underestimate them, they are quick and have a good coach and dangerous players.

"We are prepared for this important match and we want to go out there and play for a win. All players are in a good condition and are ready for the battle," he said.

He maintained that Bafana Bafana will be problematic in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, adding that with a coach like Joel Santana the national side will give the Samba Kings a knotty time tonight.

"I have played under Coach Santana while I was still in Vasco da Gama (Brazilian soccer club), and he is a brilliant coach and he knows very well what he wants and has good coaching skills.

"I'm expecting a tough match but we will use our approach to expose them and exploit all the opportunities we get, but this is not going to be an easy match," said Coach Dunga.

The former Brazilian captain is expected to field all his stars, and South Africa will have to work throughout the night to stop the likes of Kaka, Robinho and Louis Fabiano, who is the tournament's leading goal scorer.

Despite South American champions having world class players, Coach Dunga's side will also have to work hard to stop Bafana Bafana's Steven Pienaar, Tsepo Masilela and Bernard Parker, who has been performing outstandingly well in the tournament.

Asked whether players are pleased with South Africa's preparedness, Coach Dunga said the whole Brazilian team is impressed with South Africa's arrangements, adding that they are happy to be here.

"The stadiums are world class and in good condition. The transportation system, hospitality as well as soccer fans are fantastic and we have realised that South Africans love Brazil which makes us feel at home," he said.

The winners of tonight's match will face USA, who amazingly outclassed Spain 2-nil in the first t semifinals played last night at the vibrant Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein.