Bafana to take on Brazil in friendly

2012-06-22 09:01

Bafana Bafana have secured an international friendly match against 2014 Fifa Soccer World Cup hosts Brazil.

This high-profile clash will be played in Sao Paolo, Brazil on Friday, 7 September 2012.

The match will form part of a symbolic hand-over from the previous to present hosts of the Fifa World Cup – South Africa hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup while Brazil will host the tournament in two years’ time.

“We are honoured to be playing Brazil in their back yard as they seldom play friendly matches at home. To us this is a big coup considering it will probably be the first official match for the new Bafana Coach whom we will announce at the end of this month,” said South African Football Association CEO, Dr Robin Petersen.

“We are very delighted to announce that we have just received the final confirmation because we have been working on this match for the last six months,” added Dr Petersen.

The last time Bafana met the Samba Boys was on 26 June 2009 in the Fifa Confederations Cup where a late Daniel Alves free kick broke the hearts of the hosts and stopped them from reaching the final.

The South American powerhouse is by far the most successful soccer-playing nation in the world.

They have won the Fifa World Cup five times – in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002.

They have also won the Copa America eight times and are the only country to have played in every Fifa World Cup to date.

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