Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has announced an 18-man squad to play internatinal friendly matches against Australia and New Zealand next month.
South Africa will face 2014 FIFA World Cup-bound Australia on Monday, 26 May in Sydney at the ANZ Stadium at 19h30 Australian time (11h30 South African Time).
This will be followed by the clash against New Zealand four days later (Friday, 30 May) at 19h30 New Zealand Time – 09h30 South Africa Time in Auckland at the Mt Smart Stadium.
”These matches are an intergral part of the Association’s vision to have Bafana Bafana play against some of the top sides in the world. For us to have a strong Bafana Bafana we will have to face these big footballing nations. We have already played the likes of Spain and Brazil, and we have lined more high profile games which we will unveil with time,” said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.
Bafana Bafana and The All Whites (New Zealand) last met in 2009 in the FIFA Confederations Cup which South Africa hosted. The home side won 2-0 in a match played in Rustenburg. The last clash with the Socceroos (Australia) ended in a 2-2 stalemate in London in 2008. Australia is using this match to finalise their preparations for the World Cup.
“Ï believe I have selected players capable of doing us proud Down Under in the two matches. We are also happy to have been given the opportunity to assist Australia in their preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil. This is a chance we could not miss. We hope our match will be of great assistance,” said Igesund.
“As these matches do not fall under the FIFA calendar dates, I hope we will get all the players that we would like to have for the two clashes.”
The squad assembles on Monday, 19 May 2014 at the Tsogo Sun Hotel OR Tambo International Airport.
Bafana Bafana will have two training sessions (Tuesday, 20 May and Wednesday, 21 May) before departure for Sydney, Australia on Thursday afternoon (22 May).
The training sessions wil be held at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.
Bafana Bafana return to South Africa on Monday, 1 June.
Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Ronwen Williams.
Defenders: Thabo Nthethe, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Siyanda Xulu, Anele Ngcongca, Thabo Matlaba, Tsepo Masilela.
Midfielders: Kagisho Dikgacoi, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Thulani Serero, Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Ayanda Patosi, Bongani Zungu, Themba Zwane.
Strikers: Bernard Parker, Tokelo Rantie.
4 April 2014 - Newly appointed SASOL Banyana Banyana head coach, Vera Pauw will lead the Senior Women's National Team for the first time since her appointment last month.
Banyana Banyana will take on neighbours Zimbabwe in an international friendly match on Saturday, 12 April 2014 at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto. Kickoff is at 12h30.
The encounter will be used to prepare for the CAF African Women’s Championship qualifier against Comoros towards the end of May.
The last time Banyana Banyana faced Zimbabwe in an international friendly was in June last year at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton. The match ended 1-1.
“I am very happy that we have been able to secure an international friendly match against Zimbabwe as this will be the start of our journey to the African Women’s Championship as well as Canada 2015. I look forward to leading the team for the first time infront of the home supporters and I urge everyone in Soweto to come out in numbers to support the team,” said Head Coach Vera Pauw.
Thirty two (32) players have been called up for camp which will start in Johannesburg on Sunday, 06 April.
They will have their first training session at Bedfordview FC fields in the afternoon.
Prolific striker Portia Modise, who has been capped 104 for the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana, makes a welcome return to the squad. Also back in the team is former captain Simphiwe Dludlu who will be looking forward to earning her 50th cap against Zimbabwe after a three-year absence from the national squad.
eight overseas-based players have been called up, with three new faces - Tsepiso Mokabane, who plays with Andisiwe Mgcoyi at FC Union Zamky in Slovakia; US based striker Ode Fulutudilu and Netherlands based goalkeeper Laura Du Ry.
The buzz surrounding the Durban Under 19 Football International Tournament has filtered to 123 hopeful trialists from all over the Province who arrived in Durban today for an intensive training camp. The camp started today, 28/03/14 to 06/04/14.
Between January and February this year, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government, eThekwini Municipality, Hoy Park Management Ltd in partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA) conducted trials in the 11 districts of the Province. This process has culminated into an intensive training camp aimed at coming up with about 20 dynamic footballers.
On arrival all trialists had to undergo compulsory medical tests and documents verification process.
These players will be fighting for a place in the KZN Hoy Park Academy XI (the trialist team) that will play against Under 19 teams from various international leagues in the upcoming inaugural Durban Under 19 International Football Tournament that will be held from 31 July to 09 August 2014 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
The participating teams are Everton Football Club from the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A, Associazione Sportiva Roma, the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Sporting Lisboa e Benfica, the Dutch Eredivisie, Feyenoord, the Argentinean Primera Division, Club Atletico Boca Juniors and the Brazilian Serie A, Santos Futebol Clube. They will be joined by South African Football Association Under 19 National Squad.
The road to the last 20 won’t be an easy one for the KZN hopefuls as the renowned soccer scout, Paulo Cardoso and his technical team will be looking for players with a special x-factor. The process of trimming down the squad will see the first elimination taking place after three days of the training camp and thereafter after two days up until 06/04/14. The players will train twice a day with those that have been eliminated being sent home.
"We are excited to welcome all players. When we were selecting players during the scouting process, we saw them in different environments. This is the first opportunity where we will have all of them together to assess them on equal terms. We saw some talented players that we hope will be able to give us the same quality when pitted against their counterparts. What we saw gave us belief that there was immense talent in KwaZulu-Natal. We cannot wait to work with the boys," said Cardoso
With the deadline passed for entries into the 2014 COSAFA Cup to be staged in Botswana later this year, 13 of the 14 nations who make the up the Southern African football body will be represented at the regional showpiece.
Only Comoros Islands have declined an invitation, citing travel difficulties, offering a near full-house of COSAFA nations for the tournament that will run from September 13-28.
That is one better than the 2013 tournament in Zambia, where both Comoros and Madagascar were missing. The Malagasy have confirmed their participation for this year.
It is also highly likely that there will also be at least one guest nation from outside the region taking part to add a pan-African flavour to the tournament with COSAFA already in negotiations on this score.
The format of the competition will be the same as in Zambia, where two first round groups will be contested with the winners advancing to the knockout rounds.
There will also be a Plate competition for the losing sides in the quarterfinals to give all teams the opportunity to play multiple matches.
The COSAFA Cup returns this year after the successful hosting of the 2013 edition in Zambia last July, with the host nation defeating Zimbabwe in the final to record their fourth tournament win, drawing them level with the Zimbabweans at the top of the list for all-time tournament victories.
South Africa and Angola are the only other to nations to have lifted the title and have three wins each.
Following his big win at the SA Sports Awards last night, where he was voted Sports Star of the Year, Bafana Bafana captain and keeper Itumeleng Khune encouraged Bafana fans to come out and support the team in numbers as they face World Champions Spain on Tuesday at FNB Stadium.
Khune received over 2.7 million votes by the public which earned him the award ahead of swimmer Chad Le Clos, Proteas batsman Hashim Amla, wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole and distance runner Mapaseka Makhanya.
At a press conference that took place earlier today at FNB Stadium, an elated Khune said, “Hard work pays, but I never would have won this award if it wasn’t for the help of my teammates, coaches and most importantly, Bafana Bafana’s fans who have supported me every step of the way.”
Khune went on to call on his fans and the Bafana Bafana fans to buy their tickets to the world-class show-down between Spain and South Africa saying that though tomorrow’s game is going to be a tough one, Bafana Bafana will be giving it their best.
Coach Gordon Igesund echoed this sentiment, saying that Bafana Bafana will be playing this game like it’s a cup final, as will Spain.
“There is no such thing as a friendly when you’re playing at this level,” said Igesund. “No player from either team is not going to work hard on the field tomorrow night because every player wants to be chosen for the squad. Spain are going to be fired up and playing for a win and I wouldn’t expect anything less. The top teams in the world are at the top because there are no friendly games. That’s what professionalism is all about.”
Win or lose, there can be no doubt that the South African and Spanish fans alike can expect an epic showdown when the two teams meet.
Tickets for the match are on sale at Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and Shoprite/Checkers stores countrywide. Tickets cost R50 for the top tier; R200 for the middle tier and R100 for the bottom tier.
There are also suite ticket packages available for R895 and R1650.
SAFA would like to wish South Africa’s continental club representatives Orlando Pirates good luck. The log leaders fly out of the country on Friday 13 September to Congo-Brazzaville for the all-important African Champions League Group A match against AC Leopards.
The match will be played in Dolisie on Saturday and kick-off is at 15h30. Pirates share the Group A leadership with Egyptian club Al Ahly on seven points. Victory for Pirates will be enough to push them to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Pirates coach Roger de Sa conceded that things will not be easy in Brazzaville. "Africa is a tough place," said De Sa. "You have to be streetwise, fight for every ball, and take your scoring chances."
The Buccaneers will be without defenders Happy Jele and Thabo Matlaba and midfielder Andile Jali through suspension. They will rely heavily on Lennox Bacela in attack as Zambian international Collins Mbesuma is injured.
Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund took the opportunity to wish Pirates well emphasising once again that a good performance by Pirates or any other South African club on the continent, will go a long way in improving the fortunes of Bafana.
Bafana Bafana have arrived safely in Johannesburg following their third place finish at the COSAFA CUP tournament in Zambia.
The squad was welcomed at the OR Tambo International Airport by the President of the South African Football Association, Kirsten Nematandani, accompanied by SAFA Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mumble.
“Lady luck was not on your side especially against Zambia. But you really carried the flag high and surprised many who never thought you could do it. We want to say bravo, the odds were against you but you stood your ground. Never look down, walk tall because there’s so much ahead of you,” said Nematandani.
“You represented us with pride and we want to thank you all including the coach and the technical team. When duty called you raised your hand and that is all we were asking for. Congrats on bringing back bronze medals, I suppose it is possible to bring back gold next time. You were all great, well done. We have belief that this country has great players and you showed that with your performance.”
The COSAFA CUP took place from 6-20 July 2013.
Hosts Zambia lifted the trophy after defeating defending champions Zimbabwe 2-nil on Saturday, 20 July.
Lesotho ended fourth following their loss to Bafana Bafana.
South Africa played three matches, winning two – (defeating Namibia 2-nil, and Lesotho 2-1) – and lost to eventual winners Zambia on penalties.
“We had difficult times prior to the tournament due to the fact that we were playing on a non-FIFA date. In my humble opinion these players did well considering that we had only three training sessions. They played with so much pride and so much passion. I told them that I won’t let them down. And don’t be surprised if you see three or four of them in my squad because they showed me what I wanted to see, but its up to them to continue fighting hard for that opportunity,” said Bafana Bafana coach Gordon Igesund.
“We went there played three games and did not lose in 90 minutes, lost one on penalties having won two. We scored four goals and did not concede a goal in open play. I was very proud of you.”
But the Bafana Bafana mentor was quick to point out that the squad was not celebrating third place.
“We are well aware that we could have done better. We are not sitting here and celebrating mediocrity because we all know that third position sucks, we want to win things. There is no difference between finishing second or fifth, winners are always remembered and celebrated,” added Igesund.
“What we are saying is that we are pleased with how things went in such a short space of time, and want to give credit to the players for the hard work they put in under the circumstances. We don’t want to sit here and say we were a great success, because success is only when you win things. I said to the players if we had five weeks together we could have won this tournament. We are celebrating the way the players handled themselves in the one week we were with them. We are celebrating the level of commitment and passion, which made a huge difference.”
His words were echoed by captain of the squad, Wayne Sandilands who managed to save a penalty against Lesotho to hand Bafana Bafana victory and a third place finish.
“We would like to thank the coach and the technical team for the opportunity given to us. To the players, you all did yourselves proud with the performance you put in. It was a privilege for me to lead to you and you made it easy because everybody was motivated, and hungry. You can all hold your heads up high and I am proud to have been a part of this team. Unfortunately we did not bring gold, but I can safely say the future is bright for all the players in this room. Now the coach has a harder job when selecting his next squad,” said Sandilands.
Bafana Bafana took bronze at the COSAFA Cup tournament after defeating Lesotho 2-1 in the third place play-off at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola, Zambia.
Goals from either side of the half from Mandla Masango and Hlompho Kekana were enough to see South Africa through, while Maile Tlali replied for Lesotho from the penalty spot.
Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund made three changes to the squad that lost to Zambia in the semi-final – bringing on Masango, Lerato Chabangu and Mzikayise Mashaba, with Ruzaigh Gamildien, Katlego Mashego and Thabani Mthembu making way.
South Africa started the brightest of the two nations, and dictated terms from early on.
Their real chance came in the 17th minute when Mashaba’s powerful close-range shot was stopped by the Lesotho goalkeeper.
Three minute later, much against the run of play, Bafana Bafana conceded a penalty when Thulani Hlatshwayo was adjudged to have fouled an opponent in the box – Tlale scored to give Lesotho the lead.
South Africa kept on pushing forward and attacking at relentlessly but Lesotho held firm. In the 40th minute Masango saw his shot cleared off the line with the keeper well beaten.
But there was no denying him three minutes later when he levelled matters – this was after a well-worked free kick from Chabangu.
Shortly after the restart, Chabangu could have been on the score sheet when, with the keeper to beat, his lob sailed over the crossbar.
Bafana Bafana took the lead in the 53rd minute following good play from Hlompho Kekana. He collected the ball on the line, beat one marker and scored from a difficult angle to make it 2-1. This was his second goal in the tournament, and he walked away with the Man of the Match Award.
“As a team we carried ourselves very well, the performance was great, we applied ourselves very well and we can’t ask for more. We knew it was going to be tough because all the teams want to beat us so we had to work very hard to get this win. Good work from the coach and the technical team for getting this far in the tournament. We really wanted to be in the final, but I guess third place is also something to appreciate,” said Kekana.
Lesotho was given a life-line in the 69th minute when Buhle Mkhwanazi was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. From the resulting penalty, Bafana Bafana captain Wayne Sandilands kept his side in the match with a great save to deny Maile - who had scored the first penalty for Lesotho.
And that is how it stayed, South Africa earning themselves a third place finish in the 2013 COSAFA CUP tournament.
“No disrespect to Lesotho, but I think it was too easy for my players. Lesotho relied heavily on counter attacks which did not really work. We had too many chances to score and I hope the players will learn that we have to be more clinical, more ruthless, finish the opponent off when we have a chance. But I am quite happy with the result. It shows the boys wanted to be in the final and they did well even though it’s not the same as being in the final. But I am glad we won,” said Igesund.
The Bafana Bafana mentor is also pleased with what he saw from the tournament, but is adamant preparation has to be better than what transpired before South Africa went to Zambia.
“I want to believe it’s been a good experience for most of these players, at the end of the day it was good exposure for them. I also saw a couple of good things from one or two of them, and this tournament was a good stepping stone for them to get that much needed experience. But I am still saying we have to sit down and plan this thoroughly,” added Igesund.
“Our approach in the future must be spot on. You need to get young players and mix them well with the experienced ones. I have been saying that the U20 and U23 players have to start participating in tournaments like this one but for their age group. Take them to Germany and around the world to get experience, not bring them into Bafana Bafana to get that experience.”
Bafana Bafana return to South Africa on Sunday, 21 July at 14h30
Bafana Bafana head coach Gordon Igesund has made major changes to the COSAFA Cup squad that he initially announced last Thursday (27 June 2013).
Igesund has struck a balance between youth and experience for the tournament.
The Bafana Bafana mentor has added players like Buhle Mkhwanazi of Tuks, Sibusiso Khumalo of Mamelodi Sundowns and William Thwala of Chippa United. He has also included Lehlohonolo Nonyane of Jomo Cosmos.
There are also recalls for Lance Davids of Ajax Cape Town, Siyabonga Mpontshane of Platinum Stars and Lerato Chabangu of Moroka Swallows.
Igesund was also not able to get the services of the likes of Sibusiso Vilakazi of Bidvest Wits, Ramahlwe Mphahlele of Mamelodi Sundowns, Thanduyise Khuboni of Golden Arrows, Granwald Scott of Ajax Cape Town and Letladi Madubanya of Amazulu.
The squad assembles on Wednesday, 10 July 2013.
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