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SPORTS: CAN BAFANA BEAT THE PHARAOHS?



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South African national football team Bafana Bafana face a tough challenge this coming weekend when they face Egypt in a bid to qualify for the 2012 AFCON (Africa Cup Of Nations) Cup. The match is scheduled for 20:15pm at Ellis Park stadium on Saturday 26th March 2011.

Coach Pitso Mosimane is confident that the team he selected will do well despite facing a couple of challenges. Captain Steven Pienaar and Siphiwe Tshabalala are said to have slight injuries but should be fit to play “The Pharaoh’s”.

The team will be without Aaron Mokoena who’s exclusion from this squad has sparked talks of whether Pitso’s decision was fair or not. (Personally I think we need new blood and players like Aaron should make way for them).

 

Egypt are the reigning African champions and as always they won’t be an easy team to play against and even more so to beat. However, spirits in the Bafana camp have been high and the team believe that they will come out victorious on Saturday evening. Bafana’s no. 1 goal keeper Itumeleng Khune told kaizerchiefs.com that:

“The mood in the camp is high and all the players having reported for camp. This game could not have come at a better time as we are currently on top of our game,” said Khune speaking to kaizerchiefs.com.

“Everyone is aware of what Egypt has achieved over the years and they are not here on holiday. They also have Mohamed Aboutreika back after missing the last tournament through injury.

“We are expecting a tough match but also we have our objective and we know that we have to go past them before we can think about playing in the finals,” said Khune.

“Morgan (Gould) who played against Ahly last weekend came back with information that will be help with our preparations for this game.

“We are playing at home and the support from the fans will be very important. The support from the fans is always very key and it won’t be different come Saturday,” .

THE TEAM:

Goalkeepers: Itumeleng Khune, Wayne Sandilands, Darren Keet

Defenders: Morgan Gould, Siboniso Gaxa, Bongani Khumalo, Mzivukile Tom, Anele Ngcongca, Sangweni, Reuben Cloete,

Midfielders: Andile Jali, Thanduyise Khuboni, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Steven Pienaar, Daylon Klaasen, Kagiso Dikgacoi, Siphiwe Tsabalala, Sifiso Myeni

Forwards: Kermit Erasmus, Tlou Segolela, Bernard Parker, Davide Somma, Katlego Mphela, Thulani Serero

Substitutes:

  • Happy Jele,
  • Siyanda Xulu,
  • Eric Mathoho,
  • Hlompho Kekana,
  • Mark Mayambela,
  • Lehlohonolo Majoro,
  • George Maluleka,
  • Vuyisile Wana.
  • Good luck to Bafana, I hope they give as good as they get!!! See you at Ellis Park Stadium…

    From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane-“I’m just saying”, so have your say…

     

    Who do you think will win this match?

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