Bucs stars back to boost Bafana

2013-11-15 00:00

BAFANA Bafana coach Gordon Igesund will have a full complement of players to work with following the arrival of Orlando Pirates players.

The team are currently in Mbabane as they prepare for the international friendly against Swaziland at the Somhlolo Stadium today.

The Pirates contingent remained behind in Johannesburg when the squad travelled on Tuesday (November 12) as they were yet to arrive from Cairo where they played in the final of the Caf Champions League on Sunday.

The seven players — Senzo Meyiwa, Rooi Mahamutsa, Thabo Matlaba, Happy Jele, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa and Lennox Bacela — joined their compatriots on Wednesday.

Daine Klate was in the initial list but was withdrawn from the squad due to a knee injury.

The other Pirates player in the national team is striker Kermit Erasmus but he was not involved in the Caf Champions League campaign and has been with the team from the first day of camp.

The South Africans are in Swaziland to play against the hosts in an international friendly match.

Meanwhile, Sihlangu players have promised a good display against Bafana Bafana today, saying they are up to the challenge and raring to go.

Captain Tony “TT” Tsabedze said they are motivated as players and want to make the country proud.

“Preparations have gone well and we are now ready to compete. Igesund is a good coach and I played under him at Maritzburg United. I will help the best I can to give the perfect information on how he likes to play,” he said.

“We know how Bafana Bafana play as they are not a closed book and we will definitely go all out. We don’t need motivation, especially against a big football nation like South Africa.”

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