Bafana-versus-Spain a test for Igesund, says Jordaan

2013-10-24 19:26

Bafana Bafana will face world and European champions Spain in an international friendly at the FNB Stadium on November 19.

“We have just clinched the deal,” an elated South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan told City Press.

“The match will provide Gordon Igesund with a huge opportunity to measure the progress he has made with the team,” Jordaan continued.

“Spain is not just the best team in the world but boasts the best individual players from Barcelona and Real Madrid.”

Jordaan said the match was a fulfilment of a promise made to him by Royal Spanish Football Federation president Ángel María Villar Llona after his team won the World Cup at the FNB Stadium in 2010. “He promised that if I became (Safa) president, he would ensure that the team returns to the venue where they won their first World Cup. This is a very historic match for them as well,” said Jordaan. He said more details about the match would be released soon. Confirming the match, the Royal Spanish Football Federation said in a statement on their website: "The RFEF wants in 

Spain will be one of the seeded teams in the World Cup draw that will take place in Brazil on December 6 after securing their place with wins over Belarus and Georgia earlier this month.

They will surely use this friendly as part of their preparations for next year’s finals in Brazil.

Spain, who are also the reigning European champions after winning the Euro 2012, are currently ranked Number One in the world.

They also won the Euro 2008. This makes them the only national team with three consecutive wins of continental championships and the World Cup.

The European super power holds a record for the most consecutive competitive matches wins after being unbeaten in 29 outings from the 2010 World Cup until they lost 3-0 to hosts Brazil at the 2013 Fifa Confederations Cup.

Bafana Bafana are ranked a lowly 61 but made a welcome climb of seven places from the number 68 position they had occupied in September.

They will have to rely on such friendlies as they have bombed out of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

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