Bafana Bafana coach, Gordon Igesund, says he has done his homework on New Zealand, whom the South Africans are facing in an international friendly tomorrow morning.
“It is going to be an exciting game, make no mistake about it. The pitch is in perfect condition and that is ideal for an electrifying game of football. The most important purpose of the trip was to identify the core of the starting line up going into the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches which commence a month after the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. And I am not going ahead of time by saying 80 percent of the players here will form that team,” revealed Igesund.
There will be a minute of silence before the match in honour of former All Whites player, Duncan Cole, who passed away at the beginning of this week, and former Bafana midfielder, Isaac ‘Shakes’ Kungwane, who also succumbed to illness on Wednesday.
“That is a good gesture from the New Zealanders to also observe a minute of silence for our beloved Shakes Kungwane. On behalf of the Bafana Bafana team, we all said a prayer for him and for his family. We want to send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, wife and children. May his soul rest in peace,” added Igesund.
Thabo Nthethe is a doubtful starter for the game in Auckland, but Igesund says he has cover in case the Mamelodi Sundowns defender is not able to start.
The game begins at 09h30 SA time.