Bafana vow to lively up selves against Reggae Boyz

2010-04-27 11:50

Bafana Bafana are hoping to end their dry spell in Germany tomorrow

when they play Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz in a friendly international at the

Offenbach Kickers Stadium in Frankfurt.


The Reggae Boyz, ranked 78th in Fifa world rakings, came to

Bafana’s rescue yesterday when they agreed to play the 2010 World Cup hosts to

complete their three-week training camp in Germany.


It was not the kind of arrangement that coach Carlos Alberto

Parreira was hoping for as he lined up three international friendlies, but the

South African Football Association (Safa) can only deliver two following their

dour 0-0 draw against North Korea last Thursday.


Safa were let down by Asian side China, who pulled out in the 11th

hour last Friday citing flight problems after the Iceland volcanic eruption that

disrupted air travel last week.


Bundesliga club FC Nuremberg and Estonia are among the oppositions

that dropped Bafana.


But optimistic players Katlego Mashego and Siyanda Xulu are

convinced they have rectified their goal-scoring problems and will make amends

against the Carribean islanders.


Ironically, the last time Bafana played against Jamaica was on 17

November last year when they played to a 0-0 draw in Bloemfontein.

This is the last chance for Parreira to gauge his boys’ readiness

for the World Cup.


He will use tomorrow night’s clash to make his final choice of the

players to be included in his final squad for the camp that will be staged at

Wits University’s Sturrock Park and Southern Sun hotel in Sandton.


The Brazilian coach regards Jamaica as a strong opponent and is

convinced they will be competitive despite the fact that they only arrive in

Germany tomorrow.


In their November clash, Parreira complained that Jamaica was too

relaxed with the ball and that they changed players too often.


He said: “They made eight changes, which killed the flow of the

game. It is important for players to have these games to have the feel of a big

match,” he said.


Mashego, who has not been at his best lately, said: “Goals will

definitely come. We cannot press panic buttons yet after the draw against Korea.


“It’s a challenge for the guys but hopefully we will come right.

It’s going to be a different ball game on Wednesday since we last played Jamaica

in November.”


Xulu agrees: “I don’t know much about them but I’m sure we’ll

score.”


Bafana have changed their base camp yesterday moving from

Herzogenaurach to Frankfurt in Germany to prepare for their return trip home on

Thursday.

 

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