We won’t disappoint you again – Gordon Igesund

2014-03-04 15:44

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Bafana Bafana won’t disappoint the nation against Brazil, coach Gordon Igesund has said.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow evening’s match at the FNB Stadium in Joburg, Igesund said Bafana would give it their all.

He said playing against world stars would bring out the best in his players.

“It will be a competitive game and the players are excited to be here. We want to continue where we left off against Spain and Morocco last year and prove that we can match the best in the world,” he said.

Bafana drew away in Morocco and beat world champions Spain 1-0 at home. But they disappointed South Africans when they were knocked out of the African Nations Championship in the first round in January.

Igesund said he was expecting a tough encounter.

He refused to reveal his possible starting line-up, saying Brazil could use it to plot Bafana’s downfall.

But with captain and number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune ruled out of the game because of an ankle injury, Igesund is torn between whether to go for the inexperienced Ronwen Williams or Senzo Meyiwa, who was only called up to the team yesterday.

“We know Carlos [Pereira, former Bafana coach and current Brazil technical director] knows our players and it would be easy for him to plan now. I am still finalising my team and will only release it tomorrow.”

He said he had a plan for the game and was hopeful the team would execute it properly.

Bafana have always come second in their previous meetings with Brazil and Igesund is hoping to prevent a repeat of this.

He said his team would have to concentrate for the entire game as Brazil won their previous encounters with last-minute goals.

The last time they met, Brazil won 1-0 through a late goal in Igesund’s first game in charge of Bafana in 2012 in São Paulo.

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