Full-house turnout for Bafana camp ahead of ‘huge battle’ in Dar

2011-05-11 00:00

ALL 22 Bafana Bafana players reported for camp ahead of their international friendly match against Tanzania yesterday.

The clash will take place on Saturday at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salam and the squad had a look of seriousness about it during yesterday’s session.

The players were taken through their paces at the gymnasium in the morning training session, before doing some ball work in the afternoon.

Bafana Bafana are holding camp at the Royal Marang Sports Complex in Phokeng/Rustenburg.

Head coach Pitso Mosimane has called up 21 Absa Premiership-based players, with Bernard Parker the only overseas-based player in the squad.

Said defender Morgan Gould, “This is not going to be an easy match for us because Tanzania are ranked way below us at 112 and it is more difficult to play teams like those because they always want to prove a point.

“We expect a huge battle, especially as Tanzania are at home and we hear the stadium will be full. They are going to be a good test because a lot of African countries think we are one of the best teams around and yet soft. We have to prove them wrong about being soft.

“This is also a perfect opportunity for the guys who are new to show what they have.”

The SuperSport United captain added that the match will fine-tune the team ahead of a difficult trip to Cairo on June 5.

“We can only get better because Coach Mosimane has brought confidence and belief to the players. We are growing from strength to strength and we all know what is at stake here: this is preparation for Egypt and a place in the Afcon finals next year,” said Gould. “We will show Tanzania all the respect they deserve and I have a strong feeling they will come out with guns blazing, but we will also be businesslike in our approach and not take any prisoners.

“Playing away will test our character and should prepare us well when we travel to Egypt.”

For this match Mosimane has called up several uncapped players to give them a taste of international football. Among them is Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder Hlompho Kekana.

This is his second camp with Bafana Bafana, having been part of the squad that played against Egypt last month at in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

“This is a really big stepping stone in my career. I am very excited to be here but not nervous because the coach keeps encouraging us,” said Kekana. “I was here for the Egypt camp and this time should I be given a chance I will make the best of it.”

— SuperSport.com.

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