We are ready for Poland, says Igesund

2012-10-11 14:19

Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund is confident that his team is more than ready to face Poland.

The friendly will be played tomorrow evening at the National Stadium in Warsaw with kick off at 8.45pm SA time.

After Bafana’s final training session at the match venue, Igesund said he was satisfied with the team’s preparations.

Igesund revealed he had a selection headache as he did not know who to leave out of the team.

“Everybody wants to play and it is difficult to come up with the starting team but I’d rather be in this situation than not having players at all. We must always encourage the players to increase the level of competition in the team,” said Igesund.

Based on the team’s morning training session, Igesund is likely to give Ricardo Nunes his first cap, with Bernard Parker playing as a lone striker.

Bafana expect a tough encounter against the Polish, who are preparing for a World Cup qualifier against England on Tuesday, but Igesund said his team would be up to the challenge.

“We have an idea of what to expect and we have prepared adequately for whatever they throw at us. They are a very organised and physical side and they won’t be easy to break down but we must go there and do the job ourselves.”

Igesund said he would use the game to keep an eye on new players before making his final selection for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

He said he wanted to have the core of his team decided next month so he could start working with them.

He said: “This game is crucial for my plans and players have the opportunity to stake their claims for the final team for next year’s tournament. Time is no longer on our side and we need to whittle down the team.”

Bafana will play another friendly against Kenya on Tuesday, in Nairobi, where Igesund will give other players, who are not part of tomorrow’s game, a chance to impress him.

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