Bafana Bafana v Zambia
Date: 27 January 2009
Venue: Super Stadium
|Teko Modise © Gallo Images
PSL Stars will try down Zambia
The South African PSL stars will represent Bafana Bafana in what has been dubbed a ‘training match’ against Zambia on Tuesday night in Atteridgeville at the Super Stadium, kick-off 20h30.
The South African coaching staff has only selected local players to take part and understand that no clubs are under any obligation to release their players because the match is not on an official FIFA date.
Finishing last year on a high, winning their last four matches in a row, coach Joel Santana will be hoping his side carries that form into the New Year against another weak opponent.
With only five months to go before the Confederations Cup kicks off Santana is looking to build a team that can compete at the highest level but he is finding it extremely difficult at present feeling that he is not receiving the necessary co-operation from all parties involved.
The Brazilian coach stated adamantly, “Ever since I arrived here in South Africa I have always requested the co-operation of all people in the country. Despite the fact that we have personal and club interests to push we have to understand that what we are working towards in 2010 is something special.” This was said off the back of the fact that there are three PSL games schedule for the very next day and seven of the selected players clubs were going to be involved.
However, following the announcement of the squad and big hoo-ha made by the media the PSL has once again shifted their fixtures resulting in only one Absa Premiership match that will take place on Wednesday, and only one player’s club will be involved.
Nonetheless, despite the deliberation between SAFA and the PSL Santana is happy his squad will be ready for the upcoming match, “At present I am satisfied with the players’ co-operation and their day-to-day effort has been critical. We are now satisfied with 70 to 80 percent of the team.”
Bafana currently sit two places above Zambia on the Fifa world rankings in 74th place. The two countries have faced each other 13 times before in official Fifa matches. Zambia have had the better of their counterparts winning four games to Bafana’s three. Chipolopolo have also outscored South Africa hitting the back of net two more times than them tallying 15 goals.
The last time the two neighboring countries came up against each other in an official match was two years ago when they locked horns on two occasions within a month. Zambia schooled Bafana in the first match, in an Africa Cup of Nations group match, in Cape Town during September thumping them 3-1. The second match was a much closer affair; the friendly game ended 0-0, but Bafana walked away winners in Bloemfontein winning the penalty shoot-out 4-3.
The whole nation will be looking for revenge for the embarrassing 3-1 defeat suffered in 2007 and Santana will be hoping the side he chooses to play on Tuesday will exact some that restoring the countries pride ahead of a chaotic year.
Bafana Bafana Squad
1. Nazeer Allie (Ajax)
2. Franklin Cale (Ajax)
3. Kagisho Dikgacoi (Arrows)
4. Brett Evans (Ajax)
5. Siboniso Gaxa (Sundowns)
6. Morgan Gould (SuperSport)
7. Mabhuti Khenyeza (Ajax)
8. Bongani Khumalo (SuperSport)
9. Itumeleng Khune (Chiefs)
10. Reneilwe Letsholonyane (Chiefs)
11. Calvin Marlin (Sundowns)
12. Katlego Mashego (Pirates)
13. Teko Modise (Pirates)
14. Surprise Moriri (Sundowns)
15. Lebogang Mothibantwa (Pirates)
16. Abia Nale (Chiefs)
17. Sthembiso Ngcobo (Free State)
18. Siyabonga Sangweni (Arrows)
19. Kagiso Senamela (Arrows)
20. Lucas Thwala (Pirates)
21. Siphiwe Tshabalala (Chiefs)
22. Mokete Tsotetsi (Chiefs)
23. Lefa Tsutsulupa (Swallows)
24. Shu-Aib Walters (Celtic)