Igesund To Assess 12 More
11 December 2012
Following the announcement of Gordon Igesund’s 24-man Bafana Bafana squad that will take on Malawi on December 22 in an international friendly at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the coach said that 12 more players will be assessed.
The national team coach has called a number of new faces to his squad as he plans for next year’s African Cup of Nations finals. Igesund explained that he has used the last five internationals played to look at various combinations and said that the game against Malawi will be no different.
“I have been using the past five matches to look at various players and this one against Malawi is no different. The only difference is that this is the last chance for me and my technical team to have a final look at what we have at our disposal,” Igesund told SAFA.
He added, “Time for observing and assessing the players is almost over, and I believe this match will give us an indication of where we are and where we are going.”
In addition the coach said that 12 more players will go into a mini-training camp in Johannesburg, from 27 – 30 December, where he will have a last look at the players.
Igesund said that the final 23-man 2013 Afcon squad will be announced on Sunday, December 30.
“We initially intended to name the final squad after the match against Norway on the 9th of January next year, but after careful consideration, we have decided to name the squad at the end of our upcoming December camp so that when we start the January camp we have all the players we are going to use in the AFCON tournament.
“That will enable them to play together the last two preparation matches against Norway and Algeria,” Igesund concluded.
12-man mini-training camp additions:
Darren Keet - KV Kortrijk FC (Sweden)
Eric Mathoho - Kaizer Chiefs
Anele Ngcongca - Racing Genk FC (Belgium)
Andile Jali - Orlando Pirates
Teko Modise - Mamelodi Sundowns
Bongani Khumalo - Paok (Greece)
Ricardo Nunes - MSK Zilina (Slovakia)
Thulani Serero - Ajax Amsterdam (Holland)
Katlego Mphela - Mamelodi Sundowns
Benni McCarthy - Orlando Pirates
Kagisho Dikgacoi - Crystal Palace (England)
Dean Furman - Oldham Athletic (England)