Bafana to go all out against the Spanish

2013-11-19 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Bafana coach Gordon Igesund does not mince his words over his plans to attack the Spanish Armada today.

He will select three strikers to take on the star-studded world champions at the FNB Stadium today.

Igesund is confident that Bafana Bafana will be competitive and promises that the Spanish will face a tough game.

According to the coach, SA will be approaching the friendly game as if it was a tournament final.

He encouraged his players to go for goals and they are very excited about this.

La Furia Roja’s defeat (0-3) in the final of the Confederation Cup to Brazil in June in Rio de Janeiro was their only loss in 2013.

Spain have won 12 of their 16 matches this year and drawn three.

The two players who scored the first and last goals during the 2010 World Cup — SA’s Siphiwe Tshabalala and Andres Iniesta of Spain — face each other in the midfield today.

With the exception of one player, Spain have all the players who beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the 2010 final in the same stadium.

On their way to SA, Spain stopped over in Malabo where the world champions beat Equatorial Guinea 2-1 on Saturday.

Although Xabi Alonso was replaced during that game, his injury does not seem to be very serious.

Meanwhile, South Africa beat Swaziland 3-0 on Friday with a national team that included only local club players.

On the injury front, Tebogo Langerman replaced the injured Tsepo Masilela while defender Thabo Matlaba has been declared fit.

Today’s match will be an indication of how much the national team have progressed under Igesund.

The previous match against a world champion side was played last year when Bafana, for the first time under the new coach, played Brazil in Sao Paulo.

“We have created an identity in South African soccer over the past 18 months that did not exist before,” said Igesund.

“The players have become used to this style,” he added.

South Africa have not beaten Spain in three games, but it took extra time for Spain to win the game 3-2 for third place during the Confederation Cup in 2009.

Tshabalala is one of only four Bafana players who were members of that national group in Rustenburg on that day.

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