Pitch condition a worry for Bafana

2012-10-16 07:01

The overnight rain in Nairobi was the main concern for Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund ahead of tonight’s friendly game against Kenya.

After playing on one of the best pitches in Poland on Friday, Igesund was not entirely impressed with the state of the pitch at the Nyayo Stadium where the game is taking place.

Kick-off is 6pm SA time.

Igesund, who missed Sunday’s training session with an upset stomach, said the condition of the pitch might force him to change his playing personnel as the pitch might easily deteriorate after the overnight rains.

“It’s bumpy and this will obviously affect the free flow of the game. I will have to change my plans and not put too many ball players,” said Igesund after a training session yesterday.

He said this is the kind of condition his team would have to get used to ahead of next year’s World Cup qualifiers in Ethiopia and the Central African Republic.

“We must be able to adapt to different conditions on the continent because this is what we might get in future. It will affect our play but we have to go out there and do the job.”

Igesund said they would be looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Poland on Friday.

He said he would use the game to try new combinations and give other players a chance. He said he was not too concerned about the outcome of the game but would put together a team that would do the country proud.

“I’d rather lose friendly matches and win the Afcon next year because we are still in a rebuilding phase.”

Igesund is likely to rest goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who had an outstanding game against Poland with Mamelodi Sundowns number one Wayne Sandilands expected to start.

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