Bafana dangerman injured in training

2009-06-25 00:00

BAFANA Bafana suffered an injury scare in their final training session yesterday ahead of tonight’s Confederations Cup semi-final against Brazil at Ellis Park when leading striker Bernard Parker limped off with a knock to his knee.

Parker, the only Bafana player to have scored in the Confed with his brace in the 2-0 Group A victory over New Zealand and undoubtedly South Africa’s dangerman up-front, will undergo a fitness test today.

“Parker had a slight knee problem and did not finish the training session [at Rand Stadium] as a precaution,” Bafana coach Joel Santana said. “He will have a medical check today to decide if he plays against Brazil.”

Should Parker not play, the onus will fall on either Terror Fanteni, who was largely anonymous in two starts in the 0-0 draw against Iraq and 2-0 win over New Zealand, or Katlego Mashego, whose confidence was affected by missing a number of chances against the Kiwis, to lead the Bafana attack.

South American champions Brazil scored 10 goals in the group stages, a record for the Confederations Cup.

Besides their opening 4-3 defeat of Egypt, Brazil have also defended superbly, keeping clean sheets in their 3-0 victory over the USA and a convincing victory by the same scoreline over the world champions, Italy.

Bafana will have a tough task scoring goals against the Selecao should Parker not be passed fit.

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