Football: Bafana vs Burkina Friendly

2011-07-07 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The South African Football Association (SAFA) have confirmed Bafana Bafana’s next opponents will be Burkina Faso in a friendly on August 10.

The Stallions are replacing their fellow West Africans, Nigeria, who snubbed South Africa and opted for a friendly with Ghana.

SAFA vice president Mandla ‘Shoes’ Mazibuko believes Burkina Faso — ranked 37th in the world — will be tough opponents for 47th-placed Bafana.

“The venue has not been confirmed and we expect to do that in the next 24 hours. Initially, we wanted to play in Port Elizabeth (at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium), but at the request of Burkina Faso we will play in Gauteng.

“They say they have to fly out immediately after the game. We cannot afford to transport them from outside Gauteng to catch their flight on time.

“They must release their big-name players back to their respective clubs. They are bringing their strongest squad, because countries now have realised that to improve your FIFA ranking you don’t just bring young boys,” Mazibuko said.

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